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IT Facilities for Welsh Speakers

Windows 7 in Welsh

Welsh speakers can access Windows 7 in Welsh on any networked Windows 7 PC. To do this, follow the instructions below:

  • Click on Start > Control Panel
  • Click 'Clock, Language, and Region'
  • Under 'Region and Language', click 'Change Display Language'. From the drop-down list under 'Choose a display language' select Cymraeg. You will need to log-off for the settings to take effect.


Screenshot showing how to change the display language in Windows 7


Changing the keyboard to enable Welsh characters

To change the keyboard to enable Welsh characters, click 'Change keyboards…' and select the following from the drop-down list:

(Welsh – (United Kingdom) – United Kingdom Extended) and click Apply.

The Welsh language keyboard allows you to input the characters ŵ and ŷ using the following keyboard combination:

Alt Gr and ^ (number 6) keys, followed by w, y, W or Y.

Any changes you make to 'Region and Language' settings will be applied to any networked Windows 7 PC you subsequently use.

Welsh software on networked computers – Cysgliad

Cysgliad is a software package that includes a Welsh spelling and grammar checker, thesaurus and pop up dictionary.

To install Cysgliad:

Run Cysgliad from the Cymraeg menu (CardiffApps > Cymraeg)

When you open Word 2010 you will find that Gwirio Dogfen and Cysgeir will have been added to the Review tab, along with Thesawrws and Gwirio Gair.