If you think that having "English" Windows you can't have Polish diacritic letters you are wrong.
You need to have:
1) this instruction printed
2) a little courage
3) in most cases your Windows installation CDs
This instruction is for Windows XP.
In other version of Windows steps will be very very similar.
1. Open Control Panel (Click Start button -> Settings -> Control Panel)
2. Click Regional and Language Options icon
3. Go to Advanced tab
4. In Code Page Conversion table find and check on "28592 (ISO 8859-2 Central Europe)".
It should be somewhere in middle of the list.Follow steps 5 - 12 below only if you can't find entry mentioned in point #4. Otherwise go to step #13.
5. On the same tab, a little above that Code Page Conversion table, change combo box entry from whatever you have there (i.e.English) to Polish.
If you don't have Polish on the list, you can't have Polish letters.
Sorry, just click cancel button and close all windows.
6. Click OK button.
7. If you get message which says "The required files are already installed on your hard drive. Would you like to skip file copying...." click Yes.
In other cases Windows will ask you to insert your Windows installation disc
8. After that, Windows will ask you to restart computer. Click Yes.
9. Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Advanced tab
10. Change you combo box entry back to value which you had there before (i.e. English).
11. Click OK button and as before click Yes as many times as needed and restart your computer.
12. Now you should have 28592 (ISO 8859-2 Central Europe) entry on a list, so go to step #1.
13. Once you checked on 28592 (ISO 8859-2 Central Europe) entry, click OK button.
You have to restart your computer after that.
14. Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab.
15. Click Details button
16. Click Add button on Settings tab
17. Select Polish as input language and Polish (Programmers) as Keyboard layout/IME:
18. Click OK button.
19. Now you should see your previous keyboard and new Polish / Polish Programmer keyboard on Installed Services list
20. Click OK button. You have to restart you computer now even if windows does not ask for that.
21. Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab.
22. Click Details button
23. Select Polish - Polish (Programmers) as Default Input Language
24. Click OK Button and close Control Panel. Restart your windows.
Congratulations you have Polish letters installed on you computer.
You can try them:
Push and hold RIGHT alt key and click a, c, e, l, n, o, s, t, x, z.
If you want to have capital letters push and hold Shift + RIGHT Alt keys and click a, c, e, l, n, o, s, t, x, z
There is one disadvantage.
Because you selected Polish - Polish (Programmers) as Default Input Language,
some programs (Microsoft Word for example) may think that you want to type in Polish
and your spelling tool may try to check your document as Polish document.
There are a couple of solutions for that.
1) You can set default language in MS Word
2) You can go to Control Panel and change Default Input Language back to your original language but you can't type Polish letter after that.
3) You can also go to Control Panel as in points 21 -23 and play with Language Bar and Key Settings buttons in Preferences frame. (recommended)
if instruction above works for you type some polish letters here as reply.
Related:Polish alphabet win xp
Dear Webmaster, I met a problem on my computer. My system (win xp, english version) can not display polish alphabets correctly. I'm using the polish chatting software Gadu-Gadu, many words are unrecognizable on it. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you very much!
It's a code page problem. Perhaps it is possible to set the appropriate code page in GaduGadu. Find a menu item that looks like "strona kodowa" or "kodowanie". I do not think that it can be resolved on the Windows level.