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I'm using Windows 7 pro, openoffice, and mostly tahoma thai fonts for my homework. When I print out a document, what should be ป่า prints out as ปา. In other words, it's dropping the tone mark. I suspect what's happening is that the tone is aligned to closely with the long part of the ป. I've tried a few other fonts (angsana upc, cordia new) with the same problem.

Prior to buying Windows 7, I was using MS Office and did not have this problem, so it's entirely possible that it's a problem related to openoffice.

Perhaps someone out there has had the same problem and knows of a fix??

All help appreciated.

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How can I get a Thai keyboard for Windows XP? I followed the instructions given before:

Step-by-step of enabling Thai character in Windows XP computer:

  • Make sure that you have your Windows installation CD handy
  • Open control panel
  • Double click on "Regional and Language Options" icon
  • Click "Languages" tab
  • Click "Details" button
  • Click "Add" button
  • Select Thai as "Input language" and "Keyboard layout"; For my computer, I selected both Kedmanee and Pattachote; I don't know what it is but it works well in my system until now
  • Click "OK" button in "Add Input Language" window
  • Click "Apply" button in "Text Services and Input Languages" window; You may need your Windows installation CD at this stage
  • Back to "Text Services and Input Languages" window, in "Setting" tab, you can select on how to switch between English character and Thai character by clicking "Key Settings" button

Somehow you may find that this step-by-step is still confusing, then please feel free to drop your questions here (please don't pm me), I'll try to answer it.

The problem is here:

Select Thai as "Input language"

it's not there! On my computer (German version of Windows XP) I have Tartarisch, Tschechisch, Tswana, but no Thai! I checked on two different computers with German Windows and one computer with French Windows, Thai is missing on all of them!

I'm close to touch-typing Thai (means I don't need a keyboard Thai/English or Thai stickers). So far, I used the Thai keyboard on womenlearnthai, but I want to type Thai without internet and switch between German and Thai with "Alt" + "Shift" as I do between German, English, French, Dvorak and Russian.

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Thanks to a private message with the following link I finally got it.

http://office.micros...P010039424.aspx

The correspondent menue is only accessible via the "start" button and the control panel (not via the language bar). This left one problem: the computer I use is second hand, and I don't have the Windows-CD!

I was hoping installing Thai just requires one file, so I searched and found the required file on the internet, but then another file was required, so I gave up after I read on some forum that about 200 files in five folders are necessary to install additional languages.

But my computer at work has a folder i386. I copied this on an USB-stick and gave this path instead of the CD-drive, and it worked! Now I am finally able to switch keyboard to Thai.

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For iPad users --

Home Screen

Settings

General

Keyboard

International Keyboards

Select a language you want to add

Done!

Once you're ready to type but want to switch the language on the virtual keyboard, look for the "global" icon located between the numeric and space keys.

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Hope this isn't considered advertising against forum rules, but if you want somewhere to practice and test your Thai typing skills then you can try at http://www.typeinthai.com/ (it's free). There's also what I think is an easier to use virtual keyboard than others mentioned here, as you just type and it's converted to Thai for you.

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I use the Thai characters as much as possible when making notes or flashcards, but I haven't grasped all the tone rule explanations. So, as a backup. I write romanised words with the tone marker character eg ^ = falling tone when writing by hand. I tried to use the special alt character set to put these above the relevant letter, but finding it difficult. an explanation from here http://www.theworldo...iacriticalmarks says use alt + 0710 to put ^ above a letter. I couldn't get it to work. The explanation talks about an International keyboard but I have the typical laptop layout for Thailand with Romanised and Thai characters. I'm using Windows 7 with Google Chrome browser - all I get is the 'Ping' - what are you doing you idiot? - sound!

Please have pity if I've missed the obvious.

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A nice Windows free application to convert to Thai font some computer unreadable writings if you dont have the Thai fonts installed : XTIS620.

S.

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For me hands down the best Thai typing tutor:

http://thai-notes.com/typing/thai_typing_trainer.shtml

I have tried several other ones. This one is simple and is all that is needed. I am on Lesson 8 of 50 and am confident that once I finish I will be able to touch type in Thai (albeit slowly).

It's free and online and since it is web-based it can be used on PC, Mac, or Linux.

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And once you can type on your keyboard using Thai fonts, consider keyboard overlays to make it easier to figure out which keys make which letters.

I just ordered some from: http://www.datacal.com

They have clear self-adhesive stickers with either blue characters (for white and off-white keyboards) as well as with white characters (for black keyboards).

I found this Internet Side http://www.thai-keyboard.de this Shop send Original Thai Keyboards Worldwide,

I wait only 1 week, and the keyboard is from Logitech. I am happy i buy this keyboard, i learn every day.

When i go to thailand i think i understand some.Sticker have too i have see.

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I found this Internet Side http://www.thai-keyboard.de this Shop send Original Thai Keyboards Worldwide,and free delivery.

Good service iI wait only 8 days, and the keyboard is from Logitech. I am happy i buy this keyboard, i learn every day. Before i look in many shops, but no have.

When i go to thailand i think i understand some.

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If you need Vista in Thai or English I guess you could just head to the nearest computer store. If by 'localized' you mean a version in a language other than Thai or English, you may find it very difficult to find one for sale in Thailand.

If you have a reasonably fast Internet connection (and a download manager that supports resume, otherwise you can get cut off in the middle of the file and have to start all over again) it may be possible to download it from Microsoft's website in your language - check that out first. You can of course also contact Microsoft, explain your situation and ask them what solution they can offer you.

Personally I use XP Pro Swedish, and had a friend buy it for me in Sweden, as he was coming over here on holiday.

WIndows Vista particularly support multi Language. Additional Language Packs are still available at Microsofts Website. Check it out:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/language-packs#lptabs=vista

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I am looking for a good spell checker for computer with Windows 7 operating system. It would be perfect if the package is also available for android phone, in order to be able to see the mistakes you make while you are browsing or chatting (line, whatsapp, normal messages, etc). Must be offline.

Have you seen anything like that?

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