Word: "Formatted: French (France)"?

Subject: Word: "Formatted: French (France)"?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 20:17:52 -0400

Nancy Allison wondered: <<OK, what have I done now? I am dutifully
pegging away at updating a Word document, one I have worked in a
zillion times before. I've turned on change tracking, and I'm
displaying the changes in balloons in the margins. I notice that some
of my newly-entered text is marked by a balloon stating "Formatted:
French (France)">>

Somehow, you've changed the language of the text. It's not clear how,
since doing so usually takes a trip two levels deep into Word's menu
system (Tools-->Language, then select a new language), or similar
editing of the paragraph or character styles. I'm not aware of any
top-secret keystroke created by the International French Conspiracy
to Trick Americans (R) <g>, so I'm not sure how to avoid the problem
in future.

Oh, wait... I did think of one unlikely but theoretically conceivable
possibility. Check your Keyboard control panel, though depending on
which version of Windows you're using, it may be located somewhere
else. There's a useless-for-most-people feature that lets you switch
between keyboard layouts (e.g., U.S. English vs. International vs.
French) if you press a certain keystroke. That keystroke is something
like Alt plus the left Shift key by default, thus easy to
inadvertently trigger. If so, disable this keystroke and reset the
control panel to your original keyboard layout.

Fixing the language change should be relatively easy. First, check
the style definitions to see whether you inadvertently edited one of
them. If so, turn off revision tracking, edit the affected style so
the language properties change back to the desired language. Because
of how Word updates formatted paragraphs, it's wise to add a second
step: with revision tracking off, select all (Control+A), then Tools--
>Language-->select the correct language. Then turn on revision
tracking and pick up where you left off.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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