How to Change the Installed Language in MS Office

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If you speak multiple languages or engage in business with foreign companies, you may find yourself needing to enter text in Microsoft Office 2010 with a language other than the default. In addition, if you installed a version of Office 2010 purchased outside your home country, you may find that the interface and help files also do not display the desired language. Office 2010 ships with a tool that allows you to customize the language used for the interface, help files and general text entry. Use this tool to change the language of any of these items.

  • Open the Start menu and click "All Programs."

  • Open the "Microsoft Office" and "Microsoft Office 2010 Tools" folders.

  • Click "Microsoft Office 2010 Language Preferences." The Office 2010 Language Preferences utility opens.

  • Click the drop-down menu under "Choose Editing Languages," and then select a language. This feature allows you to add a language that you would like to enter text with. Click the "Add" button after selecting a language. You can do this multiple times to add more languages.

  • Click the language that you will type with most frequently using the list at the top of the window. Click the "Set as Default" button.

  • Click a language under "Display Language" to change the language used for the interface of Office 2010. Office 2010 will automatically use the same language when you display help files. To use a different language for help files, click the desired language under "Help Language."

  • Click "OK" to save your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • The languages available for the Microsoft Office 2010 interface and help files depends on the specific version of Office 2010 that you own. If the desired language is not available, visit the Microsoft website to purchase and download additional language packs. Microsoft charges $24.95 per language pack as of 2011.

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