Language Switching Error!
Thread poster: Arabicaso (X)

Arabicaso (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:51
English to Arabic
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Feb 8, 2011

While working on English-Arabic translation projects in WF 2.4.1, I'm unable to add a new note or create a new terms or MT files in English as WF insists on using the Arabic keyboard/letters even if I switch the keyboard to EN before or during the data entry process.

Is this a bug in WF or there's a workaround to this weird behavior?


Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:51
Member (2009)
English to Spanish
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Same problem with other languages Feb 8, 2011


I don't use Arabic keyboards, but one of the "problems" in Wordfast is that it doesn't recognize the keyboards you choose from the task bar, you have to change keyboards using a key combination while in Wordfast.

To do this you have to set a key combination for the keyboards, I don't remember how to do it in Windowx XP, but Windows 7 by default has it set at Alt(left)+Shift , so if you have windows 7 while in wordfast press that key combination and that will switch between keyboards.

If you have XP I think you have to look in the control panel for your regional settings and change your keyboard settings, but I'm sure you can find it on the Internet

[Edited at 2011-02-08 01:15 GMT]


Arabicaso (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:51
English to Arabic
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Restarting WF solves this issue! Feb 8, 2011

Hi Alex,

Thanks for your assistance. I've already used the key combination for the keyboard to switch between keyboards/languages, and the language bar shows that the language is changed (EN/AR) but Wordfast still recognizes AR (or the target language) only in all input fields and windows. However, closing all open files and restarting WF seems to solve this issue even if I switch the keyboards from the taskbar !!

The only workaround if you encounter this error - and don't want to restart WF - is to use Notepad to enter the desired text and then copy/paste it in WF fields icon_cry.gif


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