About multilingual features in Office

Some of the content in this topic may not be applicable to some languages.

Which Office program are you using?


Word

You can use the following multilingual features to create, edit, and view text in many languages.

ShowUnicode characters and international keyboards

Unicode is an encoding standard that can represent the characters of most written languages with a single character set.

In Office for Mac 2011, you can type, display, and print Unicode characters that are associated with the following keyboards:

Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian, Canadian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dvorak, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inuktitut, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian (F.Y.R.O.), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Turkish, U.S., Ukrainian, Unicode Hex Input, and Welsh.

You can also use the following Mac OS X input methods: Hangul, Kotoeri, Murasu Anjal Tamil, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

ShowChinese

You can use Office to work in Chinese. For example, you can type Chinese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides, and use Chinese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Chinese language features, see Turn on Chinese language features.

ShowJapanese

You can use Office to work in Japanese. For example, you can type Japanese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides in Excel, and use Japanese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Japanese language features, see Turn on Japanese language features (U.S. version only).

ShowMixed characters

In Office documents, you can display data that consists of both Latin and East Asian language characters.

ShowProofing tools

When you use the keyboard layout for a language that comes with proofing tools, you can also use the proofing tools for that language. For more information, see Proofing tools that are available for each language.

ShowFrench spelling rules

If you work in French, you can set the spelling preferences of Word and PowerPoint to use traditional (pre-reform) spelling rules, new (post-reform) spelling rules, or both, to check the spelling of French text. You can also enforce accented uppercase.

ShowGerman post-reform spelling rules

If you work in German, you can set the spelling preferences of Word to use post-reform spelling rules to check the spelling of German text.

ShowPortuguese (Brazil) spelling rules

If you work in Portuguese (Brazil), you can set the spelling preferences of Word to use Brazilian traditional (pre-reform) spelling rules, new (post-reform) spelling rules, or both.

ShowPortuguese spelling rules

If you work in Portuguese, you can set the spelling preferences of Word to use traditional (pre-reform) spelling rules, new (post-reform) spelling rules, or both, to check the spelling of Portuguese text.

ShowRussian spelling rules

You can enforce Cyrillic letter IO instead of allowing the Cyrillic letter IE.

ShowSpanish spelling rules

If you work in Spanish, you can set the spelling preferences of Word to use Tuteo verb form spelling rules, Voseo verb form spelling rules, or both to check the spelling of Spanish text.

ShowEuro currency values

You can type and print euro currency values. For more information, see Keyboard shortcuts for the euro currency symbol.

In Excel, you can perform financial calculations involving the euro.

ShowDate, time, and number formats

When you enter dates, times, and numbers, Office displays them based on your settings in Mac OS X  Language & Text preferences.

ShowMultilingual sorting rules

In Word, you can sort data in tables and lists according to the rules of many supported languages. To set the sorting language, on the Table menu, click Sort, and then click Options.

ShowWeb pages

When you create a Web page in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can set the default character set encoding so that the page displays properly in Web browsers all over the world.

ShowOffice for Mac in other languages

Office for Mac is available in the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Danish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

To learn more about other language versions of Office for Mac, visit the Microsoft for Mac International Sites page.

 Note   For languages in the Nordic Pack, Help content is provided in English.

See also

Check spelling and grammar in a different language

Translate content into another language

Excel

You can use the following multilingual features to create, edit, and view text in many languages.

ShowUnicode characters and international keyboards

Unicode is an encoding standard that can represent the characters of most written languages with a single character set.

In Office for Mac 2011, you can type, display, and print Unicode characters that are associated with the following keyboards:

Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian, Canadian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dvorak, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inuktitut, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian (F.Y.R.O.), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Turkish, U.S., Ukrainian, Unicode Hex Input, and Welsh.

You can also use the following Mac OS X input methods: Hangul, Kotoeri, Murasu Anjal Tamil, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

ShowChinese

You can use Office to work in Chinese. For example, you can type Chinese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides, and use Chinese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Chinese language features, see Turn on Chinese language features.

ShowJapanese

You can use Office to work in Japanese. For example, you can type Japanese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides in Excel, and use Japanese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Japanese language features, see Turn on Japanese language features (U.S. version only).

ShowMixed characters

In Office documents, you can display data that consists of both Latin and East Asian language characters.

ShowProofing tools

When you use the keyboard layout for a language that comes with proofing tools, you can also use the proofing tools for that language. For more information, see Proofing tools that are available for each language.

ShowEuro currency values

You can type and print euro currency values. For more information, see Keyboard shortcuts for the euro currency symbol.

In Excel, you can perform financial calculations involving the euro.

ShowDate, time, and number formats

When you enter dates, times, and numbers, Office displays them based on your settings in Mac OS X  Language & Text preferences.

ShowWeb pages

When you create a Web page in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can set the default character set encoding so that the page displays properly in Web browsers all over the world.

ShowOffice for Mac in other languages

Office for Mac is available in the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Danish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

To learn more about other language versions of Office for Mac, visit the Microsoft for Mac International Sites page.

 Note   For languages in the Nordic Pack, Help content is provided in English.

See also

Check spelling and grammar in a different language

Translate content into another language

PowerPoint

You can use the following multilingual features to create, edit, and view text in many languages.

ShowUnicode characters and international keyboards

Unicode is an encoding standard that can represent the characters of most written languages with a single character set.

In Office for Mac 2011, you can type, display, and print Unicode characters that are associated with the following keyboards:

Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian, Canadian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dvorak, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inuktitut, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian (F.Y.R.O.), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Turkish, U.S., Ukrainian, Unicode Hex Input, and Welsh.

You can also use the following Mac OS X input methods: Hangul, Kotoeri, Murasu Anjal Tamil, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

ShowChinese

You can use Office to work in Chinese. For example, you can type Chinese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides, and use Chinese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Chinese language features, see Turn on Chinese language features.

ShowJapanese

You can use Office to work in Japanese. For example, you can type Japanese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides in Excel, and use Japanese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Japanese language features, see Turn on Japanese language features (U.S. version only).

ShowMixed characters

In Office documents, you can display data that consists of both Latin and East Asian language characters.

ShowProofing tools

When you use the keyboard layout for a language that comes with proofing tools, you can also use the proofing tools for that language. For more information, see Proofing tools that are available for each language.

ShowEuro currency values

You can type and print euro currency values. For more information, see Keyboard shortcuts for the euro currency symbol.

In Excel, you can perform financial calculations involving the euro.

ShowDate, time, and number formats

When you enter dates, times, and numbers, Office displays them based on your settings in Mac OS X  Language & Text preferences.

ShowWeb pages

When you create a Web page in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can set the default character set encoding so that the page displays properly in Web browsers all over the world.

ShowOffice for Mac in other languages

Office for Mac is available in the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Danish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

To learn more about other language versions of Office for Mac, visit the Microsoft for Mac International Sites page.

 Note   For languages in the Nordic Pack, Help content is provided in English.

See also

Check spelling and grammar in a different language

Translate content into another language

Outlook

You can use the following multilingual features to create, edit, and view text in many languages.

ShowUnicode characters and international keyboards

Unicode is an encoding standard that can represent the characters of most written languages with a single character set.

In Office for Mac 2011, you can type, display, and print Unicode characters that are associated with the following keyboards:

Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian, Canadian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dvorak, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inuktitut, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian (F.Y.R.O.), Northern Sami, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Turkish, U.S., Ukrainian, Unicode Hex Input, and Welsh.

You can also use the following Mac OS X input methods: Hangul, Kotoeri, Murasu Anjal Tamil, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

ShowChinese

You can use Office to work in Chinese. For example, you can type Chinese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides, and use Chinese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Chinese language features, see Turn on Chinese language features.

ShowJapanese

You can use Office to work in Japanese. For example, you can type Japanese characters in all Office applications, use phonetic guides in Excel, and use Japanese word-breaking and text-formatting conventions in Word.

To find out how to turn on Japanese language features, see Turn on Japanese language features (U.S. version only).

ShowMixed characters

In Office documents, you can display data that consists of both Latin and East Asian language characters.

ShowEuro currency values

You can type and print euro currency values. For more information, see Keyboard shortcuts for the euro currency symbol.

In Excel, you can perform financial calculations involving the euro.

ShowDate, time, and number formats

When you enter dates, times, and numbers, Office displays them based on your settings in Mac OS X  Language & Text preferences.

ShowWeb pages

When you create a Web page in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can set the default character set encoding so that the page displays properly in Web browsers all over the world.

ShowOffice for Mac in other languages

Office for Mac is available in the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Danish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian (as part of the Nordic Pack)
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

To learn more about other language versions of Office for Mac, visit the Microsoft for Mac International Sites page.

 Note   For languages in the Nordic Pack, Help content is provided in English.

See also

 
 
Applies to:
Excel for Mac 2011, Outlook for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011