Set the editing or ScreenTip language

In the Set the Office Language Preferences dialog box in Microsoft Office Starter 2010, you can change the editing and ScreenTip languages. The languages available depend on the language version of Office Starter that is installed on your computer.

What do you want to do?

Write in another language

Choose your ScreenTip language

Write in another language

Setting the editing language enables you to write in a particular language in Office programs. When you set an editing language you turn on a keyboard layout and proofing tools for that language. The proofing tools include language-specific features, such as spelling dictionaries and grammar rules, or paragraph direction buttons.

Note:  Every language version of Office includes proofing tools for more than one language. Office Starter supports only the proofing tools that are installed with your language version of Office Starter. Office Starter does not support the use of proofing tools that are included in language packs or language interface packs that are available for purchase and free download.

Add an editing language

  1. Open a Microsoft Office Starter program, such as Word Starter.
    Setting the editing language in one Office Starter program sets it in the other Office Starter program.

  2. Click the File tab.

  3. Under Help, click Options.

  4. Click Language.

  5. In the Set the Office Language Preferences dialog box, click the Add additional Editing Languages arrow, select the language that you want to add, and then click Add.

  6. Set the default editing language – the language you use most frequently. In the Editing Language list click the language you want as your default, and then click Set as Default.
    After you change the default language, you need to close all Office programs, and then open them again for the change to take effect

Enable a keyboard layout

After you add a language to the list of editing languages you might see Not enabled displayed under Keyboard Layout for that language. In these cases you must enable a keyboard layout before you can type text in that language.

  1. In the Set Office Language Preferences dialog box, click Not enabled for the keyboard layout you want to enable.

  2. On the Windows task bar, open Text Services and Input Languages, and click Add.

  3. In the Add Input Languages dialog box, expand the language that you want to use, and then expand Keyboard.

  4. Select the check box for the keyboard or Input Method Editor that you want to use, and then click OK. The keyboard layout is added to the Installed Services list and to the Language Bar.

  5. Under Default input language, click the language you want to use as the default language.

  6. To close the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, click OK.

Are your proofing tools "Not installed”?

If your language version of Office Starter doesn't include the proofing tools for the language that you want, you will see Not installed displayed under Proofing (Spelling, Grammar…) for that language. Clicking the link takes you to a page for downloading Office 2010 language packs. Office Starter 2010 does not support language packs. If you want proofing tools in more languages, upgrade to a full version of Office by clicking Purchase on the Home tab in Excel Starter or Word Starter.

Write in another language

With editing languages configured, you’re now ready to write in the languages you added.

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Choose your ScreenTip language

ScreenTips are small pop-up windows that provide brief, context-sensitive help when you rest the pointer on a display element, such as a button, tab, dialog box control, or menu.

  1. Open a Microsoft Office Starter program, such as Word Starter.
    Setting the ScreenTip language in one Office Starter program sets it in the other Office Starter program.

  2. Click the File tab.

  3. Under Help, click Options.

  4. Click Language.

  5. In the Set the Office Language Preferences dialog box, under Choose ScreenTip Language, click the arrow to select your ScreenTip language.

    Notes: 

    • If the language that you want is not listed, you might need to add more language services. For more information, see Microsoft Office ScreenTip Language on the Microsoft website.

    • After you install a new ScreenTip language, it becomes your default ScreenTip language.

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