|Note: These instructions are for Windows XP. We also have a version of these instructions for Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. Instructions for extremely old versions of Windows will differ.|
Changing your system locale can sometimes let you use text that's in a different language from the one that you use Windows in. EclipseCrossword is tested in English, and we can't guarantee that it will work in all other languages, but this will often help. Here's what you can do.
This procedure may require you to have an administrator password for your computer. You may not be able to complete these instructions on a computer that you do not own.
Note: This change will affect all of your Windows programs. You may want to change your locale back when you're finished.
In most cases, changing your system locale is all you need to do to be able to use words and clues in a different language. Start EclipseCrossword, and then try to create a puzzle using a word in the desired language. Pick one that includes letters that are specific to that language. For example, the word "māhunga" (Maori for "hair") includes a letter a with a macron, which doesn't appear in English, and doesn't work in the "English (United States)" locale. After typing the word and pressing Enter or Tab, EclipseCrossword will convert it to uppercase. If letter disappear, lose accents, or are replaced with question marks, then the new locale didn't solve your problem. If the word looks okay, you're probably fine.
In case that didn't do the trick, here are some additional things you can try.
EclipseCrossword has its own language options that you can set.
If none of the above helped, we may not be able to help you use words and clues in the language you want. However, the above instructions should work for most people.
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