Change the default language for Office programs

Microsoft Office uses the default input language in the Windows operating system to determine the default language for Office programs. To change the default language in Office programs, you must change the default input language for the Windows operating system, and then change the default editing language for Office. For example, if the default input language for the Windows operating system is Japanese, the default language for all Office programs is also Japanese. However you can change the default editing, display, Help, and ScreenTip language to another language, such as French or English, in Microsoft Office.

Set the default input language

In Windows 8 (applies to Office 2007, 2010, and 2013)

  1. In the Charms bar, search Apps for Control Panel.
  2. Click Change input methods under Clock, Language, Region.
  3. Click Add language to add a new language.
  4. Or click Options for a language you already have installed, and then click Add an input method.

Turn on the language-specific options for the default language in Microsoft Office by following the instructions in Set the default editing language in Office.

In Windows 7 (applies to Office 2007, 2010, and 2013)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under Clock, Language, and Region, under Region and Language, click Change keyboards or other input methods.
  3. In the Region and Language dialog box, on the Keyboards and Languages tab, click Change keyboards.
  4. In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language, and then go to Set the default editing language in Office.

If the language that you want to use as the default input language is not listed, complete Steps 5 through 8.

  1. Under Installed services, click Add.
  2. Expand the language that you want to use as the default input language, and then expand Keyboard.
  3. Select the check box for the keyboard or Input Method Editor (IME) (IME: A program that enters East Asian text (Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) into programs by converting keystrokes into complex East Asian characters. The IME is treated as an alternate type of keyboard layout.) that you want to use, and then click OK. The language is added to the Default input language list.

To preview the keyboard layout, click Preview.

  1. Under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language.

Turn on the language-specific options for the default language in Microsoft Office by following the instructions in Set the default editing language in Office.

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In Windows Vista (applies to Office 2007 and 2010)

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under Clock, Language, and Region, click Change keyboards or other input methods.

 Note   In Classic View, double-click Regional and Language Options, and then click the Keyboards and Languages tab.

  1. In the Regional and Language dialog box, on the Keyboards and Languages tab, click Change keyboards.
  2. In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language, and then go to Set the default editing language in Office.

If the language that you want to use as the default input language is not listed, complete Steps 5 through 8.

 Note   The default language that you select is applied to all programs on your computer that use this setting, including programs from other companies.

  1. Under Installed services, click Add.
  2. Expand the language that you want to use as the default input language, and then expand Keyboard.
  3. Select the check box for the keyboard or Input Method Editor (IME) (IME: A program that enters East Asian text (Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) into programs by converting keystrokes into complex East Asian characters. The IME is treated as an alternate type of keyboard layout.) that you want to use, and then click OK. The language is added to the Default input language list.

To preview the keyboard layout, click Preview.

  1. Under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language.

Turn on the language-specific options for the default language in Microsoft Office by following the instructions in Set the default editing language in Office.

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In Windows XP (applies to Office 2007 and 2010)

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options.

 Note   In Classic View, double-click Regional and Language Options.

  1. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, click the Languages tab, and then under Text services and input languages, click Details.
  2. In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language.

If the language that you want to use as the default input language is not listed, complete Steps 5 through 7.

 Note   The default language that you select is applied to all programs on your computer that use this setting, including programs from other companies.

  1. Under Installed services, click Add.
  2. In the Add Input Language dialog box, click the language that you want from the Input language list, and then click OK.
  3. Under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language.

Turn on the language-specific options for the default language in Microsoft Office by following the instructions in Set the default editing language in Office.

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Set the default editing language in Office

  1. Open a Microsoft Office program, such as Word.
  2. Click File > Options > Language.
  3. In the Set the Office Language Preferences dialog box, under Choose Editing Languages, select the editing language that you want to use, click the name of the language that you want to be the default language, click Set as Default.
  4. After you change the default editing language, you need to close all your Office programs, and then open them again for the change to take effect.


 Notes 

  • If for some reason, your default display or Help language is not available, Microsoft Office uses the next language in the list that is available.
  • If the language that you want is not listed, you might need to add more language services by clicking Add additional Editing Languages.

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Applies to:
Access 2013, InfoPath 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Word 2013, Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010, Access 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Project 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007