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How to change language in Microsoft Word

Start writing in the right language on Microsoft Word.
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January 6, 2023

Being able to use an app or program in your native language is essential. It’s even more important when you know you’ll be writing a lot, as editing functions need to be readable. Luckily, Microsoft Word allows you to change languages quickly. This is how to change languages in Microsoft Word.

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QUICK ANSWER

To change the language in Microsoft Word, go to File > Options > Langauge. For either Office display language or Office authoring languages and proofing, select Add a Langauge…. Install the language pack, then allow Word to restart.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to change the display language in Microsoft Word

In your Word document, click File.

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From the menu along the left, go to Options.

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Click the Language tab along the left.

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Next to Office display language, click Add a Language….

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In the Install a display language box, locate the language you want to switch to. Click Install.

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Allow Word to restart. It will now appear in your selected language.

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How to change the proofing language in Microsoft Word

In your Word document, click File.

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From the menu along the left, go to Options.

click options word file
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Click the Language tab along the left.

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Next to Office authoring languages and proofing, click Add a Language….

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In the Add an authoring language box, locate the language you want to switch to. Click Add.

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Allow Word to restart. Apply the new language for proofing.


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