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Luis is attending graduate school in Germany but wants to keep in touch with his family in Spain by sending letters and e-mail messages to them in Spanish. Depending on how he wants to customize his computer and what software he has installed, he can change the language of his keyboard, change his computer display, or check the spelling or grammar in another language.
Note If your computer is customized but you sometimes need to insert special characters, such as check marks or the umlaut in German (ö), you can use ASCII character codes not on the keyboard or use special characters from the Character Map.
Before customizing your computer, check what languages are installed. See Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?
By having different languages installed on your computer, you can:
If you want to switch keyboard languages, you can do this in two steps:
If you want to type a few specific characters, such as the tilde (ñ), or a few symbols, such as a check mark, and you don’t want to use proofing tools or change the language of your keyboard, you can:
You can check spelling or grammar in a different language by following this two-step process:
If you want to include a section of text in a language different than the rest of your file, you can set the proofing language of the different text so the spelling checker does not mark it as misspelled. See Switch between different languages by setting the proofing language. If you want the whole document to be in a different language than you normally use, you can set the language at the beginning of the document.
You should set your default Microsoft Office language as the language that you use most often and then change the proofing language when you are using other languages. See Optional actions: Change the display or Help language.
You can change the language that your computer displays in two steps:
Translate text in a different language.
Where are the Translation options?
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Language packs and language interface packs