Enable the use of other languages in your Office programs

Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings turn on language-specific options in 2007 Microsoft Office system, such as options available for a particular language in the Ribbon and dialog boxes. For example, when you turn on the language options for Japanese, the Phonetic Guide and Enclose characters language options are turned on. To type or check the spelling and grammar in another language, see Enable keyboard layouts for different languages or Check spelling and grammar in another language. For information about how to set the default language and dictionary, see Change the default language for Office programs.

If you install a 2007 Microsoft Office Language Pack, you can change the language of the Ribbon, menus, dialog boxes, and Help to the Language Pack language. Additionally, you can use proofing tools, such as spelling or grammar checker in another language. For more information about Language Pack features, see Microsoft Office 2007 Language Interface Pack overview.

 Important   For more information about languages with limited support, see What does limited support mean.

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Enable language-specific options

To use language-specific options for a language in 2007 Office release programs, first you must make sure that the language that you want to use is installed on your computer. If you need a Language Pack for particular language, see Buy, install, configure or uninstall a Microsoft Office 2007 Language Pack. Then you must enable the language that you want to use. The language-specific options that are turned on depend on the language(s) that are enabled and the programs that you use. You may also need to change the language of your keyboard, to do that, see Enable keyboard layouts for different languages.

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Office, click Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings.
  2. Click the Editing Languages tab.
  3. Select the language you want to enable in the Available editing languages list, and then click Add.

The language is added to the Enabled editing languages list and all language-specific options available in 2007 Office release programs are turned on. For more information about languages with (limited support), see What does limited support mean.

 Note   If you enable a keyboard layout for a language in Microsoft Windows, the language is automatically added to the Enabled editing languages list.

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Set the primary language

The primary editing language is the language that you use for most of your work. It is the language for your tools (templates, fonts, font sizes, sorting format, page sizes, bullets and numbering, text direction, etc.), text and number formatting (for example, right-to-left or left-to-right text) for 2007 Office release programs. It does not configure the default language and default dictionary. To configure the default language and dictionary, see Change the default language for Office programs.

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Office, click Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings.
  2. Click the Editing Languages tab.
  3. In the Primary editing language list, click the language in which you plan to do most of your work.

 Important   When you change the primary editing language, the Normal.dotm template in Word is automatically replaced. We recommend that you save a copy of Normal.dotm and rename it with its language, for example, Normal_English.dotm, before you change the primary editing language. The Normal.dotm template is typically saved to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates, where username is the name of the person who is logged on to the computer.

 Note   You cannot remove a language from the Enabled editing languages list if that language is set as the primary editing language. To remove the language from the Enabled editing languages list, you must first select another language in the Primary editing language list, and then remove the language from the Enabled editing languages list.

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Change the user interface language for the Ribbon, menus, dialog boxes, and Help

Installing Language Packs lets you change the language of the Ribbon, menus, dialog boxes, and Help. For example, if you have a German version of the 2007 Office release and install a French 2007 Language Pack, you have the option to display the Ribbon, menus, dialog boxes, and Help in either German or French.

 Important   A Language Pack is required to change the user interface language of the Ribbon, menus, dialog boxes, and Help. If you have not purchased and installed a Language Pack for the language that you want to use, see Buy a single Office Language Pack .ossO14BuyNow

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Office, click Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings.
  2. Click the Display Language tab.

 Note   The Display Language tab is only visible after you install a Language Pack. If you purchased a Language Pack, make sure that it is installed following the instructions at Buy, install, configure or uninstall a Microsoft Office 2007 Language Pack. To purchase a language pack, see Buy an Office Language Pack.

  1. Select the language that you want to use for the Ribbon, menus, and dialog boxes from the Display Microsoft Office menus and dialog boxes in list.
  2. Select the language that you want to use for Help from the Display Help in list.
  3. If you have three or more languages installed, the Display language priority order list is displayed. To change the language priority, select a language in the list, and then click Up or Down.

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Issues enabling a language

When you enable a language as described in the Enable language-specific options section, you only turn on the language options in the2007 Office release programs. It does not enable proofing tools for languages that are not included with the language version of Office installed on your computer.

It also does not turn on language options in the Windows operating system, such as language-specific keyboard layouts. As a result, in the Microsoft Office Language Settings 2007 dialog box, you may see (limited support) after the name of a language. To turn on all language options for a language for both the 2007 Office release programs and the Windows operating system, follow the steps in the Enable keyboard layouts for different languages article. For more information about languages with limited support, see What does limited support mean. To see all the versions of the 2007 Office release and the companion language proofing tools that are included with each version, see The 2007 Microsoft Office suites localized versions.

Occasionally if there are not enough words in a particular language or if the words are spelled the same in several 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 have 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.

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Applies to:
Access 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007