Turn on automatic language options

You have two automatic language options that you can use that make it easier for you to switch between languages when typing and editing text in more than one language.

  • Detect language automatically
  • Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text

This article does not discuss checking spelling and grammar in another language, translating text, how to insert ASCII or Unicode Latin-based symbols and characters, or how to type or edit text in another language.

Automatic language options


Detect language automatically

Applies to these 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Outlook and Word.

The Detect language automatically option in Outlook and Word can automatically detect the language that you are typing in and enable the proofing tools for that language. This has the same result as if you manually set the language.

 Note   Occasionally if there are not enough words in a particular language or if the words are spelled the same in a number of languages, the Detect language automatically option may incorrectly identify the language. For example, the word "centre" is spelled the same way in both English (United Kingdom) and French. If you are having problems with the incorrect language being identified, try turning the Detect language automatically option off and setting the language manually. For more information, see Type or edit text in another language.

Prerequisite

You must enable the languages (turn on the language-specific options) you want to use before the Detect language automatically option can detect the language that you are typing in and enable the proofing tools for that language.

Which 2007 Microsoft Office release program are you using?


Outlook

 Important   This information applies to Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, not Microsoft Outlook Express. For information about Outlook Express, see the Outlook Express Support Center or Spell checking issues with Outlook Express 6.0.

  1. Open a new e-mail message.
  2. On the Message tab, in the Proofing group, click the arrow under Spelling.
  3. Click Set Language Button image.
  4. Select the Detect language automatically check box.
  5. Review the languages shown above the double line in the Mark selected text as list. Outlook can only detect those languages listed above the double line. If there are languages you use that are not shown above the double line, you must enable those languages (turn on the language-specific options) to have Outlook automatically detect them.

 Note   Automatic language detection does not work on a single-word basis but on a sentence basis. Depending on the length of your sentences, you might need to type several sentences before Outlook has enough contextual information to automatically detect the language and apply the correct dictionary.

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Word

  1. On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Set Language Button image.
  2. Select the Detect language automatically check box.
  3. Review the languages shown above the double line in the Mark selected text as list. Word can only detect those languages listed above the double line. If there are languages you use that are not shown above the double line, you must enable those languages (turn on the language-specific options) to have Word automatically detect them.

 Note   Automatic language detection does not work on a single-word basis but on a sentence basis. Depending on the length of your sentences, you might need to type several sentences before Word has enough contextual information to automatically detect the language and apply the correct dictionary.

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Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text

Applies to these 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.

The Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text option is useful if you want to use native keyboard layouts when typing in different languages. When this option is turned on in Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, or Word, the program automatically switches the active keyboard layout to match the language of the text where the cursor is. For example, if you have a file that has paragraphs written in both English and Spanish, and you move your cursor from a paragraph of English to a paragraph of Spanish the keyboard layout switches from English to Spanish. This has the same result as if you manually switched the keyboard layout from English to Spanish that uses the Language bar.

Prerequisite

You must enable the languages (turn on the language-specific options) you want to use before this option can detect the language of a paragraph of text, switch the keyboard layout, and enable the proofing tools for that language.

Which 2007 Microsoft Office release program are you using?


Outlook

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Spelling tab, and then click Spelling and AutoCorrection.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Under Editing options, select Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box.

 Note   The Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box is only visible after you enable a keyboard layout for a language. If you do not see this option, enable the keyboard layout for the language you want to use.

PowerPoint

  1. Click the Microsoft Office ButtonButton image, and then click PowerPoint Options.

ShowWhere is the PowerPoint Options button?

The PowerPoint Options button is located in the lower part of the menu that opens after you click the Microsoft Office Button Button image.Microsoft Office dialog box for PowerPoint

  1. Click Advanced.
  2. Under Editing options, select the Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box.

 Note   The Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box is only visible after you enable a keyboard layout for a language. If you do not see this option, enable the keyboard layout for the language you want to use.

Publisher

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Edit tab.
  3. Under Text editing, select the Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box.

 Note   The Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box is only visible after you enable a keyboard layout for a language. If you do not see this option, enable the keyboard layout for the language you want to use.

Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office ButtonButton image, and then click Word Options.

ShowWhere is the Word Options button?

The Word Options button is located in the lower part of the menu that opens after you click the Microsoft Office Button Button image.Microsoft Office dialog box for Word

  1. Click Advanced.
  2. Under Editing options, select the Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box.

 Note   The Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box is only visible after you enable a keyboard layout for a language. If you do not see this option, enable the keyboard layout for the language you want to use.

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Applies to:
Access 2007, Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Word 2007