Armorel Young wrote:
For some reason when I type inverted commas in the Word 97 document I'm working on they appear in the German form (i.e. in the lower position at the start of the quotation and in the upper position at the end, in both cases facing the "wrong" way). That would be fine if I were working on a German document, but it's an English one - how do I get it to revert to "English" quotation marks, or, even better, how do I toggle between the two depending on which language I'm working in?
You're saying you're working on an English document but aren't you really overtyping a German doc to make an English 1 out of it?
Word 97 has no option of automatic language detection IIRC, but even if it had, it would not help either, because when you go to a new - in your case German- paragraph and start typing it in English, to a later MS Word version it would still be written in the original language, until more than half the text of that para is in the target language, which in practice only happens once you delete the old German text, and the "smart" quotation marks go in tandem with the language in force at the time of typing them.
You could try to write a macro that would, upon pressing, at the end of a paragraph just completed, say, the Alt+ Q [Q for quotes]combination: 1) move the cursor to next paragraph; 2) select the text of that whole paragraph (which in itself takes several key strokes); 3) select the target language as the language of that paragraph; 4) unselect the text; 5) go to start of that paragraph.
But if you've never written a macro, it can be a problem. I could write it for you but I don't think I would be able to send it to you.