Foreign Language Spell Check in Office 2007

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I was recently asked how you can spell-check in Spanish in Word (assuming that Word is running in an English environment). I knew the old way, but realized that it had probably changed in Word 2007 because of the new tab layout.

I looked for updated instructions, but I couldn't find one in a quick Google search. So I did some field research which I thought I would document it.

Office 2007 (Vista and WIndows XP)

  1. Highlight the non-English text.
  2. Click the Review tab on the Word toolbar,
  3. In the Proofing section on the left, select the globe icon (Set Language). A pop-window will open where you can select an appropriate language.
  4. Perform the spell check. The non-English text will be checked against the non-English dictionary.
Set Language tool in Proofing tools

NOTE: If no list appears or the spell-check does not work properly, check to see if the appropriate dictionaries have been installed. They are available on installation CD's for Microsoft Office

Other Versions of Word (Windows and Macintosh)

  1. Highlight the non-English text.
  2. Go to the Tools » Language » Set Language. A pop-window will open where you can select an appropriate language.
  3. Perform the spell check. The non-English text will be checked against the non-English dictionary.

NOTE: Dictionaries must be installed

FYI - This is mirrored at:
http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/keyboards/microsoft.html</p>

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I am a Penn State technology specialist with a degree in linguistics and have maintained the Penn State Computing with Accents page since 2000.

See Elizabeth Pyatt's Homepage (ejp10@psu.edu) for a profile.

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