Non-Western Fonts

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As our international customers can attest, one of the many reasons that Articulate Presenter is such a great tool is its ability to convert to Flash Unicode characters, including DoubleByte sets like Japanese and Chinese.

There are several important steps to successfully publish with Articulate Presenter a non-Western font from PowerPoint to Flash:

  1. Set your character set option to Non-western. Articulate -> Options -> Language.


  2. Ensure that you have the correct font installed on your system. Start -> Control Panel -> Fonts. Just because the font displays properly in PowerPoint does not mean that the font exists on your system. You’ll also want to double-check the font you’re using in PowerPoint by selecting the text — not just the box in which the text resides — and verifying the font in the PowerPoint font menu. If the font is installed on your system, you should also see a preview of the font in the menu.


  3. Set your Regional Options to correspond to the language you’re using. Start -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options.


  4. In most cases, you should now be all set. However, if you’re working with a language that reads from right to left, you’ll also want to check the corresponding box in the Languages tab of the Regional and Language Options control panel:


That’s it! What you see in PowerPoint should now properly convert to Flash via the magic of Articulate Presenter.

17 responses to “Non-Western Fonts”


Er, how do you get to the screen in item 1 above? Is that part of PowerPoint? There is no Articulate Presenter program showing on the desktop. It just shows up as a button on the PowerPoint menu bar on top. “Language” does not appear anywhere. It is not even part of of the HELP file!

I cannot publish my Chinese language slide, although I can see them in PowerPoint.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Danton Mak // Posted at 1:57 am on May 23rd, 2007

Good question, Danton. Step 1 is a screenshot from Articulate Presenter 4, but the same idea applies in Presenter 5. Go to Articulate -> Library and Options -> Other -> scroll to Character set and you’ll find the option to change your character set to Non-western.

More in the documentation right here, including screenshots of Presenter 5.

gabe // Posted at 12:08 pm on May 23rd, 2007

I am publishing an articulate presentation in Chinese. I am having trouble with the quiz results showing up as boxes instead of the Chinese characters. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Kristal Alton // Posted at 10:16 am on April 23rd, 2008

I am having trouble with the quiz can’t show up the Chinese characters.

ff // Posted at 10:54 pm on February 18th, 2009

Hi FF- Have you submitted a support case so we can help you in closer detail?

gabe // Posted at 10:55 am on February 19th, 2009

I have an articulate V.6 pro, and i dont find this option that you show here.

I need to publish the presentation in chinese and some of the words i see coreect and the other in jybrish after i publish.

how can i fix it ?!

guy zakin // Posted at 2:03 am on May 4th, 2009

ok, i solve the language problam.(go to start->control panel->regional…..options)

but now i cant see the outline/notes/search in chinese and the mail option after i publish

how can i fix it ?!

guy zakin // Posted at 2:34 am on May 4th, 2009

ok, i slove it too.

i found the language in the articulate-> player tamplate->text labels->Languages scroll list.

there you can choose your wanted language !

have a great day 🙂

guy zakin // Posted at 2:57 am on May 4th, 2009

Is there anyway to publish western and non-western text in the same PowerPoint presentation? I am using Presenter ’09.

Chris Powers // Posted at 1:11 pm on May 20th, 2009

hi chris,

maybe you can do some of the text as a picture and than you dont need to deal with the peroblematic of the western and non-western text

i think it will look good too.

let me know if you have any diffculties:)


guy zakin // Posted at 12:36 am on May 21st, 2009

Thanks, Guy. Great suggestion.

Chris Powers // Posted at 8:04 am on May 21st, 2009

[…] Note: If you’re creating a non-Western version of your Player Template, be sure to refer to these guidelines. […]

Localization Guidelines – Articulate – Word of Mouth Blog // Posted at 2:33 pm on June 12th, 2009

I am using Articulate 09 and I am not able to find the fist screen to change the wstern fonts to Non-western fonts. Please help.

Kirti Khurana // Posted at 4:53 am on November 11th, 2010

Hi Kirti,

You can change the character set from western to non-western by using the method below:

1. Click the Presentation Options button from the Articulate menu
2. Select the “Publish” tab
3. In the “Choose character set for the Articulate player”, change it to Non-western.
4. Click the OK button

I hope that helps!

Brian Batt // Posted at 10:54 am on November 11th, 2010

I am starting a project that requires translation from English to Mandarin. The translated content will be provided in the form of a powerpoint, but do I need a special keyboard or keyboard overlay to be able to type the non-western characters that may be needed for the player / template setup?

Dee Parker // Posted at 6:52 pm on January 11th, 2011


Though I have changed the language option to non western in presenter and Japanese fonts are already installed in my System, I am facing the same issue.
Some headings and some text in the presentation is coming in some weird codes.
I am using Presenter 5 and MS PGothic fonts all over the presentation.Please help.

Nisha Rumale // Posted at 6:42 am on May 14th, 2013

Hi Nisha,

It may be best to go ahead and contact our support team about this issue. We’ll be able to take a closer look at what’s happening.

To contact our support team, please fill out the following form:


Christine Hendrickson // Posted at 9:45 am on May 16th, 2013

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