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[NEED Help! - Tutorial] Change Fonts/Dictionary/Language/Keyboard

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8th June 2014, 01:10 PM   |  #1  
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Guys! This tutorial is under development. Please feel free to ask questions and help!
Does someone know how to change keyboard layout in an easy way?
Does someone know how to add a language pack or make to WP7?

Check list:
Before you start you should have checked the box "Start WMDC automatically" in WM Device Center.
I have done different options in the registry, and by a mistake i did somthing wrong. That lead to the apps actually opens for like 1 second but closes instantly. Fortunatly I could make backup of my sms and contacts to my computer befire I did a hard reset ...
I recommend to use WP7 Root Tools

Facts you should know before starting:
The Registry stores configuration settings and options on the Windows Phone 7
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\GDI registry key enables font linking
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\GWE registry key supports the windows, dialog boxes, controls, menus, and resources that make up the Windows CE user interface (UI).
TrueType Collection (.ttc) is an extension of TrueType format (.ttf) that allows combining multiple fonts into a single file. The Windows CE 6/7 provides a font linking capability so that you can link one or more TrueType fonts to another TrueType font.
Add a font to Internet Explorer:
I think this is default settings:
1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\GDI\FontAlias and make sure the "DefaultUIFont" has value data "SegoeWP"
2. Make sure the "Nm" is "DefaultUIFont" (Location for the Default Fonts)
Menu bar:
Pop-up menu:
Then you should:
3. Add your font ("Mangal.ttf") you want to use into the Windows folder in explorer from your computer
4. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\FontLink\Sys temLink and click on the SegoeWP.ttf
At the buttom on the value data add:
;\Windows\fontname.ttf/ttc,the group in the font you want to use
In my case it could be like:
5. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\GDI and add this value
Value name: name of the font you added in /Windows ("Mangal.ttf")
Value type: DWord
Value data: 1
Change font sizes:

You can change the variables and values in the registry keys in this folders (↑)
(String) "Nm"=font-name
You can get font-name if you dobbelclick on the font (Mangal.ttf has font-name Mangal)
Font height, in pixels
Set to 1 for italics; 0 for no italics
Font weight, which can be one of the FW_* values
Defines the character set, which can be one of the *_CHARSET values
Change Default UI Font:

The WP7 uses the DefaultUIFont which includes:
name of font.ttf (meaning)
segoeui.ttf (User Interface)
segoeuib.ttf (User Interface Bold)
SegoeWP.ttf (Windows Phone)
SegoeWP-Black.ttf (Black)
SegoeWP-Bold.ttf (Bold)
SegoeWP-Light.ttf (Light)
SegoeWP-Semibold.ttf (Semibold)
SegoeWP-Semilight.ttf (Semilight)
seguisym.ttf (User Interface Symbol)

To get your font to usage, you should replace all these fonts with the one font you have chosen
1. Name the font to all these names on your computer
2. Add all the fonts into \ on your phone
3. Copy and paste the fonts to the Windows folder

If your phone wont replace the original font or if you dont discover a refresh in the explorer
You should try to rename the font you want to replace before replacing
4. Reboot your phone

Remember that if you want to use a font with other characterset than english it may not work. Most apps in the phone uses UTF-8.

Change dictionary:

WP7 uses a old dictionary list. You can use a WP8 dictionary list on WP7

1. Go to

2. Check what your number your langauge have

0404 - Traditional Chinese (繁體中文)
0405 - Czech language (Četina)
0406 - Danish (Dansk)
0407 - German (Deutsch)
0408 - Greece (Ελληνικά)
0409 - USA (US English)
040B - Finland (suomi)
040C - French (Franais)
040E - Hungarian langauge (Magyar)
0410 - Italy (Italiano)
0411 - Japanese (日本語)
0412 - Korean (한국어)
0413 - Netherlands (Nederlands)
0414 - Norwegain (Norsk)
0415 - Polish (polski)
0416 - Brazilian Portuguese (Portugus (Brasil))
0419 - Russian (Русский)
041D - Swedish (Svenska)
041F - Turkish (Trke)
0421 - English (Inggris AS)
043E - (Bahasa Inggeris AS)
0804 - Simplified Chinese (中文(标准))
0809 - United Kingdom English (UK English)
0816 - Portugal (Portugus (Portugal))
0C0A - Spanish (Espaol)

3. Replace the .dat file with the new one in the Windows Folder
4. Reboot

Change keyboard:

I think the easiet way to change the keyboard layout is to replace the characters to a keyboard. Maybe a keyboard that you dont use?

Probably you are looking for the urdu or hindi keyboard, and you should know:
- Urdu is written in Nastaliq script, which is the superset of modern-day Arabic script (38 letters)
- Hindi is written in Devanagari script, which uses an inscirpt common layout for all Indian scripts (standard keyboard layout)

1. First you need to know how many keys it is in the keyboard you are going to use, like the norwegian keyboard have 29 keys: (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y ,z,,,)
2. You should decide if you want a "QWERTY" keyboard or a "ABCD" keyboard
3. Go the the location for the keyboard:
4. Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\FingerKB\Inp utScopeMap\{805d58c2-096a-4451-b2cb-40996fcb236d}\Alpha\
5. Choose the langauge you want to use and click on it (something like lang_number)
6. Click on "IS_NAME_OR_PHONENUMBER" The values have not the same valuedata
7. Copy the value data (with the symbols {})
8. Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\FingerKB\Lay out
9. And search the value data you copied and click on the folder
10. Look at the value Default. It can tell us how many keys the keyboard have, and what layout it uses
11. Go to Keys
12. Click on one of the numbers. I recommend to follow the numerical order if you want "QWERTY" keyboard (1,2,3,4,5 etc.)
13. You will soon discover that the folder can have one value named Default and one named Text
14. You should edit both of them to the "symbol" or letter you want to use. Rembember where you put the different characters

I dont know how to find the uppercase folder to the languages ....

Edit the DialPad
16. At the last number you will probably find 4 values:
Default: switch dialpad
Swith: {-long number-}
Text: 123
Type: 0x0.......
16. You should copy the value data to Switch
17. Search for the value data in the layout folder

Add a language to WP7:

I dont know exactley what we should do ...

Windows 7 uses a language file called .mlc. So I treid to convert that to .cab by Windows Download Integrator. But I got an error in WP7 Update Cab Sender
Last edited by Dev.YoungBoy; 9th June 2014 at 06:02 PM. Reason: Started with Keyboard
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12th June 2014, 05:19 PM   |  #2  
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nice one
1st August 2014, 08:26 AM   |  #3  
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Good work ..

I've tried to change my lumia 710 keybord from dainsh to arabic by using the method u've mentioned , the values of the symbols
has changed and saved as an arabic letters .. i did that for all characters , but nothing changed .. when I enable the dainsh keybord

Q . How i added the arabic symbols !?
A . I used an arabic keybord in the market , then copied/pasted arabic letters to value data on keys folder for dainsh language

am I doing something wrong here ?!

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1st August 2014, 09:25 AM   |  #4  
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You should try to reboot your Lumia, if you have not done that.

Have a nice day
1st August 2014, 01:23 PM   |  #5  
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Yes , I actually restarted my phone alot of times

ummm , about the last 2 steps
16. You should copy the value data to Switch
17. Search for the value data in the layout folder


the value data here in the Switch key is the value data for the language code ? for example lang_0409 , has the value data {001818B-29 ... etc ?

is this what you mean by the value data at the layout folder ?

and .. if you have the language pack dictionary or keyboard layout files from wp8 please upload them , i'll try to patch them with the wp7.8

thanks again >
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2nd August 2014, 09:41 AM   |  #6  
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The step 16, 17, 18 is about editing the dialpad when you do a phone call

I think the last value in every keyboard language folder (like folder name 001818B-29...) consist of 4 values. Then you search for the value data to Switch in the layout folder, to get to the dialpad language folder

And I have not tried to change keyboard letters on my phone. Just puzzled a bit around in the registery, and thought out a way that may work :
I renamed the .xap to .zip. Found the file code. And try to find a way that was done the same way.

If you want to get language/dictionary files you can try to run a emulator dump

Good luck
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