Will installing a Japanese version of Microsoft Office work?

I want to install Japanese version MSOffice 2007 or 2010 on my PC running with Windows 7 Home Basic. Will it work?

It will, but you may find various functions of Office may not work properly or require additional setup in Windows. You may also hit some font problems.

The most obvious problem is going to be the keyboard support which may not map correctly if you’re running a non Japanese keyboard.

A very good guide to running Japanese applications on Microsoft products is Declan Software’s Guide to Installing and Using Microsoft’s Japanese IME that looks at installing the various options available under the different versions of Windows.

If you’re looking at just using the English options, that should work subject to any validation quirks, however you may find the Japanese version lacks some of the proofing and formatting features of the English versions.

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