Change the language format of text

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

The feature described in this Help topic is only available if support for the language you want to use is enabled through Microsoft Office Language Settings.

Do any of the following to change the language format of text:

ShowAutomatically detect the language as you type

If you're working in more than one language within a document, Microsoft Word can automatically detect each language as you type it.

  1. On the Tools menu, point to Language, and then click Set Language.
  2. Select the Detect language automatically check box.

 Notes 

  • To turn off automatic language detection in your document, clear the Detect language automatically check box.
  • To turn off the automatic detection of a particular language, remove it from the list of enabled languages in the Microsoft Office Language Settings tool. Remove the language only if you don't want to use features particular to that language (for example, date formats) in Word and other Microsoft Office programs.

ShowManually apply a language format to text

  1. Select the text you want to change the language format for.
  2. On the Tools menu, point to Language, and then click Set Language.
  3. In the Mark selected text as list, select the language you want.

A check mark next to the language name indicates that the spelling files for the language are installed.

 Notes 

 Note   You can also change the default language format for text. This can be useful if you are not using automatic language detection or automatic keyboard language switching. In the Language dialog box, select the language you want to make your default language, and then click Default.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003