How to Adjust the Language Settings in Microsoft Word for Windows – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Adjust the Language Settings in Microsoft Word for Windows – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Adjust the Language Settings in Microsoft Word for Windows – MUO – MakeUseOf 0 0 Alan Dickson

Want to change the language settings in your Microsoft Word document? Here’s how to do it easily on Windows.
You may have found yourself in a world that allows you to work from home, with people and companies from across the globe, and who all have their own languages and unique dialects. Microsoft understands this and gives you the option to change your language settings for all Office applications.
In this article, we go over the steps on how to change the language in your Microsoft Word document on Windows, as well as how to set both the authoring and proofing languages.
The languages available to you depends on the language version of Office, or Microsoft 365, that you have. You can also add language packs, language interface packs, and ScreenTip languages, which will then be stored on your machine.
For anyone needing instructions on changing the language in Office on macOS, the article linked here will tell you everything you need to know.
For this example, we are using the Word application, but note that you can use any of the applications that Microsoft lists on their website to change the language settings.
Display languages will always determine the language that your Microsoft application will use in the user interface—these are your ribbons, dialogue boxes, buttons, etc. The user interface, or UI, is explained in more detail here.
Authoring languages include handy proofreading tools, like dictionaries, grammar, and spellchecking for regional dialects. It also influences text direction and layout for vertical, right-to-left, and mixed text.
Note: For both above steps to take effect, you will be prompted to save your work and close your Microsoft applications.
You will find that this is a neat little feature that Microsoft offers you, and once you've gone through the process of changing languages and setting preferences once, it's easy to remember for next time.
With a quick glance at the bottom of your Word document, you can easily see which preferred language is set, and if you need to change it or not. Writing, editing, and proofreading have never been easier.
Sam is a Staff Writer for the MUO team and focuses on writing articles for Office & Productivity. Most recently she has been called on to assist the International Trade Centre in editing documents for the Myanmar region.
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