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Tamil Latha Font for MSWord (Office 2010) in Windows 10

26 Aug

Tamil Latha Font for MSWord (Office 2010) in Windows 10

Going from default Nirmala UI (Windows 10) to Latha

Thayumana Somasundaram     Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015.

தாயுமான சோமசுந்தரம், செவ்வாய் கிழமை, ஆகஸ்டு 25, 2015

Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 (Word 14) and Tamil font Latha with NHM Writer 2.9

I have been using, for several years, my Windows 7 Home Premium PC with Office 2010 (MSWord 14 | MSWord 2010) with NHM Writer 2.9 ( to type in Tamil (phonetic) and Hindi (phonetic) documents by selecting combinations of ALT+0 for English, ALT+2 for phonetic Tamil, and ALT+3 phonetic Hindi, etc., Typically when I typed in Tamil, MSWord used Latha font and when I typed in Hindi, MSWord used Mangal font. Of course when I typed in English there were multiple choices. Latha and Vijaya are typical fonts for Tamil Karthika for Malayalam, Mangal for Hindi, Vani for Telugu and Tunga for Kannda that are provided by Microsoft and many adhere to the Unicode ( standards since Window 2000 or earlier.

In early August 2015, I upgraded my Windows 7 Home Premium PC with Office 2010 (MSWord 14) to the free version of Windows 10 Home. Soon I realized when I typed Tamil the default font in Word (actually in Windows 10) was NOT Latha but Nirmala UI. Even though it worked okay, I missed the Latha font since I had used it for many years.

The Internet search yielded one link and I will show how I got my Latha font back.

Window 10 Tamil font forum link

Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2010 (Word 14) and Tamil font Nirmala UI and Latha with NHM Writer 2.9

As I mentioned above, the default font for தமிழ் in Windows 10 became Nirmala UI and I will show you how to get Latha font while still retaining Nirmala UI

Step 1

From Windows 10 Start Menu, select the Settings


Step 2

In the Settings window, select Time & Language


Step 3

In the Time & Language window, select Region & Language (left hand side panel)


Step 4

The default Tamil (தமிழ் நிர்மலா எழுத்துருவம்) font in Windows 10 for Microsoft Word 2010 (actually it is the operating system Windows 10 that specifies the font) Nirmala UI and NOT Latha


Step 5

Now from the Region & Language window (Step 3), select + Add a language


Step 6

This opens a new window with many language options. So scroll left until you see Tamil and select it


Step 7

The next window gives you an option Tamil (India) or Tamil (Sri Lanka). Select Tamil (India), I guess!


Step 8

This opens another window for Tamil language pack, click to download the pack


Step 9

The install will take few minutes complete (you need to be connected to Internet, of course)


Step 10

Now if you look at the Region & Language panel, you will see Tamil language pack is installed


Step 11

Now if we open Microsoft Office and see Latha Tamil font is now installed.


So in this post I have shown in steps how to install Latha and optionally Vijaya fonts in Microsoft Office under Microsoft Windows 10. As noted above, Windows 10 Home comes as a default with  Nirmala UI font for Tamil. Other Indic fonts are considered special and are NOT installed automatically when you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. But you can include them now.

Before adding the fonts I have 181


The procedure shown above should allow you to add more Indic fonts like Latha, Vijaya, and others to Windows 10 Home. The font count increased from 181 to 183 (Latha and Vijaya are added) after rebooting the computer, of course.



Windows 10 ல் இனிமேல் லதா எழுத்துருத்தில் எழுத முடியும்.

PDF file of the same procedure.

Interviews at WFSU Radio and TV

29 Sep

Interviews at WFSU Radio and TV

1600 Red Barber Plaza

Tallahassee, FL 32310

I went to the WFSU Stations (TV and Radio) located at 1600 Red Barber Plaza for my scheduled taping of Dimensions TV interview with host Julz Graham about the upcoming Tenth Experience Asia Festival 2014. While I was there I also taped a radio interview with Tom Flanigan about the Pre Event on Friday and EAF 2014 on Saturday.CAM00200

Pista Sa Nayon

27 Sep

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Pista Sa Nayon

BBFAA Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kleman Plaza, Tallahassee, FL

BBFAA hosted their second out-door annual festival called Pista Sa Nayon on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (two weeks before the Experience Asia Festival) at the Kleman Plaza.

Unlike last year, the weather was better (not hot and sunny like last year) with over cast skies but there was no rain.

VtS volunteered for several hours at the Festival. I spoke at the Festival and invited everyone to our EAF2014

FSU Day at the Capitol

1 Apr

FSU Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL, USA


I went to the Florida State Capitol early morning and set-up a table for the Institute of Molecular Biophysics. The tables were located in the first floor lobby of the Capitol. Our Institute was represented by two talented graduate students who spoke to many visitors.

Our table was set-up around 8:30 AM in the morning. Our interim President stopped by our table in the morning. Around 11:30 AM some food was served in front of the Capitol. We took turns to go around other tables to see what other departments have displayed.

Finally around 1:45 PM we wrapped up displays and went back to work at the University. Overall, it was a good experience.

Hindu Temple Meeting

1 Feb

Volunteers meeting about Hindu Temple

Saturday, Feb 1, 2014

Riggins Road Club House

I attended the volunteer’s meeting about the interim committee formation for the Hindu temple in Tallahassee. There were about 35 people. The composition of the rules of the interim committees were discussed. Various questions were answered by the volunteers.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Attend Volunteers meeting about HT&CC

4 Jan

Volunteers meeting about HT&CC

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014

ESL Meeting Room

I attended (arrived late due to another commitment) the volunteer meeting about the proposal to build a Hindu temple in Tallahassee. During the meeting I presented my perspective on building a temple.

The next meeting will be on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Ninth Experience Asia Festival

12 Oct


Ninth Experience Asia Festival

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bloxham and Lewis Park, Tallahassee, FL

The Ninth Annual Experience Asia Festival 2013 (EAF2013) was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 between 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM at Bloxham and Lewis Parks located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Monroe Street. Since our town is a college town with an ACC (FSU) and MEAC (FAMU) football teams, the Festival was scheduled on a Saturday without a home football game. The event was free and open to public and attracted record crowds of 17,000+ people. Our featured performers came from Orlando (Matsuriza Taiko Drummers), Tampa (Philippines Performing Arts Company) and Pensacola.
This year I was the Chairman of the Asian Coalition and therefore to large extent dependent on my work and team of several dedicated Executive Board members. They all pitched in so much that my work went smoothly. Many people stayed all the way until 5 PM.
A successful Festival indeed.

WFSU Radio Fall Pledge Drive

9 Oct
WFSU Radio Fall Pledge Drive
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
12:00 to 2:00 PM
WFSU (88.9 FM) Radio

Today Nick and I arrived around 11:45 AM at 1600 Red Barber Plaza to do the WFSU Radio Fall pledge drive. We received our generic script and target of $1800 for the 2-hour shift. The audio engineer explained more details about the 2 hour slot with about 7 breaks. Some breaks were at least 8 minutes long.

This was my second pledge drive for WFSU Radio. I represented Asian Coalition of Tallahassee and India Association of Tallahassee.


We heard from at least fifteen callers and in total they pledged around $1600 out of our goal of $1800. Executive Committee members from Asian Coalition of Tallahassee and India Association of Tallahassee called in and pledged support.

We are proud to support WFSU Radio.

North Florida Hispanic Festival

5 Oct

North Florida Hispanic Festival

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Saint Louis Church, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

I attended the North Florida Hispanic Festival at Saint Louis Church at the intersection of Fred George Road and Old Bainbridge Road in Tallahassee, FL. We were there around 11:45 AM and VtS spent the time volunteering.

First he helped with stage. Then he went and helped with car parking. He also did some trash removal. Another friend joined him later and they both did some work together.

We left around 3:45 PM.

Pista Sa Nayon

28 Sep

Pista Sa Nayon

Big Bend Filipino American Association’s Town Fiesta

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10 AM to 5 PM

Kleman Plaza, Tallahassee, FL

Today VtS and I attended the Big Bend Filipino American Association’s first public festival called Pista Sa Nayon (Fiesta in Town). We arrived there just before Noon and VtS immediately went to do volunteer work.

I hung around and met several of my friends and neighbors. VtS helped out in the organizing and distributed flyers about the Festival and Experience Asia. There were several programs and we enjoyed them.

Around 3:30 PM we left to go home.