How to Change French to English in Outlook


Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used email programs and is part of the Microsoft Office productivity suite. Many offices and homes use the software, and built into its capabilities is a translation feature that can transform that e-mail you just received in French to English. It has the ability to translate received messages in additional languages as well as a message composed in English to other languages.


  • Open Microsoft Outlook 2007. Select the e-mail you wish to translate. Selecting the e-mail will highlight it. With the email highlighted, right-click and select "Open" from the pop-out menu.

  • Highlight the text you wish to translate by placing your cursor at the beginning of the text. Left-click and hold your mouse button and drag to highlight the part of the message you wish to translate.

  • Right-click with your mouse after selecting the highlighted text. Another pop-out menu will appear, where you will select "Translate." A side bar will open to the right of the e-mail, and it will briefly say "searching."

  • Look for two drop-down menu boxes under the "Translation" window. One will say "From:" the other will appear as "To:" In the drop-down menu labeled "From," select French(France), and in the "To" drop down menu, select English (U.S.).

  • Look underneath the "From" and "To" drop-down menus and you will see the highlighted text translated.

Tips & Warnings

  • These same steps apply to Microsoft Outlook 2003 as well. If you would like to compose a new message and translate the text from English to French, type your message and follow the above steps. After Step 5, highlight the translated French text, right-click, and select "Copy" from the pop-out menu. Return to your original message you just composed in English, and right-click, then select "Paste" from the pop-out menu, and the translated text will appear in French on your composed message.

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