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

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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 the 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 here 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 Nirmala UI font for Tamil. Other Indic fonts are considered special and are NOT installed automatically when you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10.


The procedure shown above should allow you to add more Indic fonts like Latha, Vijaya, and others to Windows 10 Home.


Windows 10 ல் இனிமேல் லதா எழுத்துருத்தில் எழுத முடியும்.

The same post in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


Appa’s Posthumous Birthday

Monday, December 8th, 2014

1985 Photos from trips to Mysore, Bangalore, and at home in Vedaraniam







Appa’s Posthumous 88th Birthday

December 08, 2014
Tallahassee, FL
இன்று உயிருடன் இருந்தால் அப்பாவுக்கு 88 வயது ஆகியிருக்கும். ஆனால் அப்பாவும் அம்மாவும் இன்று நம்முடன் உடலால் இல்லை. இருப்பினும் அவர்கள் இருவரும் மனதால் இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்கள் இருவரின் வாழ்த்துக்களும் வாழ்க்கை முறையும் எப்போதும் நம்முடன் இருக்கும்.

TTS Deepavali Dinner

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

2014 TTS Deepavali Dinner

Miccosukee Community Center

Saturday, November 01, 2014, 6-9 PM

The Tallahassee Tamil Sangam held its 2014 Deepavali pot-luck dinner tonight at the Miccosukee Community Center. About 40 families came for the event. More information and photos are available at

2014 Deepavali

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

2014 Deepavali (தீபாவளி)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tallahassee, FL, USA


Today we celebrated 2014 Deepavali (தீபாவளி) in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. In the morning we all got up had showers and did a small prayer (pooja; பூசை). Since today was a working day in the US, VtS and I went to Florida State University and Bhanu went to work.

However, we all wore Indian clothing to mark the happy occasion. This was also first Deepavali after my mom and dad’s first year death anniversary.

VtS at HSA Table

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

VtS at HSA Table

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Oglesby Union, Tallahassee, FL 32306


Today VtS helped out little bit by working with HSA organizers in maintaining and taking-down the table at the central square. Hopefully, if his schedule permits he will do it again in the next weeks.

HSA is a new Registered Student Organization at FSU. I have been asked to be the Faculty Advisor and I have accepted the position. I hope to learn from this experience and contribute as much as I can to fulfill the mission of the organization.

Travel to Atlanta Hindu Temple

Friday, March 14th, 2014




Travel to Atlanta Hindu Temple

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today VtS and I traveled to Atlanta, GA and visited the Atlanta Hindu Temples of Shri Balaji and Lord Shiva. We left town in the morning around 9:35 AM and took our regular route of US 319 and then we took I 75.

We stopped at Tifton around noon and had lunch at a fast food restaurant. We then drove in I 75 N toward Atlanta, GA. We arrived at Hindu Temple of Atlanta sometime around 3 PM. Since it was Friday afternoon there were only few devotees. We went inside both the Balaji temple and the Shive temple. The priest gave special pooja and we offered our donations and went around the sanctum sanctorum and took some prasad.

We spent about an hour and left to our place for stay.

IAC Meeting

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

IAC Meeting

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Today some members of the Interim Advisory Committee met at one of the volunteer’s office and spoke about the upcoming HTT Pooja  and other progress in the process. There were about six of us in the meeting. We discussed several items.

Then we traveled around town to see places for future site.

Hindu Temple Committees Meet

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Hindu Temple Committees Meet

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014

Today the Hindu Temple joint committees (that is all those involved in the three committees) met at the Thomasville Road Branch Library. This was the inaugural meeting where members were introduced and some items were discussed. We had a productive 2 hr meeting.

Gayathri’s Wedding

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Gayathri’s Wedding

Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 7 -11 AM IST (Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9 PM EDT)

Live Stream

We watched in the US the Live Steam of Gayathri and Sri Pathy’s wedding that was happening in Vedaraniam, Tamil Nadu India on Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 between 7:30 and 9:00 AM ( 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 EDT).

Hindu Temple Meeting

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Hindu Temple Meeting

Chaires Community Center

Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:00 to 9:00 PM

I attended one of the organizational meeting for the Hindu Temple this evening. I was running late for the meeting since I had to be at Ed’s retirement party at Logan’s house. I attended it starting 1/4 way through the meeting. Then I left for home soon after they started to serve food as I had to be present for my niece’s wedding being Live Streamed around 9:00 PM.