Step-by-step: Preparing your computer to type and edit text in a different language

This article is for people who want to type and edit text in another language and are setting up their computer for the first time. The steps in this article guide you through all the things that you have to consider when you configure your Microsoft Office 2010 programs to support typing and editing in a different language.

If you already know how to type and edit text in a different language, but still have questions, see the More information section to learn more.

Tip: You might want to print this page and use it as a checklist as you complete each step.

What do you want to do?

Prepare your computer

More information

Prepare your computer

Depending on the language(s) that you want to use, the language of Office 2010, and any language pack(s) that you have installed on your computer, you may only have to follow the two steps listed in the following section without any Optional steps.

If you are using Outlook Express 6.0 and are having problems with the spell checker, see Spell checking issues with Outlook Express 6.0. If you want to check the spelling and grammar in another language, see Check spelling and grammar in a different language.

Steps

For procedural information, see

Step 1    

Determine if you need a Microsoft Office language pack for what you want to do.

If you do not need an Office language pack, or you have already installed an Office language pack for the language that you want to use, go to Step 2 Enable keyboard layouts in Windows.

Determine if you need a language pack, language interface pack, or proofing pack

Optional     Purchase a Microsoft Office language pack, if needed.

Note: If you want to install an Office language pack on a computer owned by your company, speak with your IT administrator to see if your company has a site license for the Office language packs that you want to install.

Buy a single Office language pack

Optional     Install the Microsoft Office Language Pack.

Buy, install, configure, or uninstall an Office language pack

Step 2    

Specify your default editing, display, and Help language for Microsoft Office programs.

Set the editing, display, or Help language preferences

Optional     Enable keyboard layouts (language characters and symbols typed by keyboard keys).

Complete this step if you want to do either of the following:

  • Type in a non-Latin-based language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, or Russian.

  • Type in different Latin-based languages, such as German and Spanish, by using their native keyboard layouts.

Enable or change the keyboard layout language

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More information

This table lists some common tasks that you will likely want to do when typing and editing in a different language.

Enable Windows to use other languages

For procedural information, see

Enable a keyboard layout for the language you want to use.

Enable or change the keyboard layout language

Change the default country/region or numeric formats.

Change the default country/region, date, time, number or measurements format

Enable Microsoft Office to use other languages

For procedural information, see

Turn on language-specific options for the languages that you want to use.

Set the editing, display, or Help language preferences

Turn on (or off) automatic language detection.

Turn on automatic language detection

Determine if you need a language pack.

Determine if you need a language pack, language interface pack, or proofing pack

Buy a language pack.

Buy a single Office language pack

Use another language in Microsoft Office programs

For procedural information, see

Check spelling and grammar quickly without having to set your default language and dictionary in Windows.

Check spelling and grammar in a different language

Use keyboard shortcuts to type international characters (for OneNote, Outlook, and Word).

Keyboard shortcuts for international characters

Insert international characters or symbols.

Insert symbols

Switch between languages using the Language bar.

Switch between different languages by using the Language bar

Switch between languages by setting the language.

Switch between different languages by setting the proofing language

Remove languages and fonts that you don't use.

Remove languages and fonts that you don't use

Look up words with English Assistance.

Look up words with English Assistance

Translate text

Translate text in a different language

Where are the translation options?

Where are the Translation options?

Choose text encoding when you open and save files.

Choose text encoding when you open and save files

Locale identification numbers for language-specific files.

Locale identification numbers for language-specific files

Issues with finding and replacing characters in Indic, Southeast Asian, and right-to-left languages.

Issues with finding and replacing characters in Indic, Southeast Asian, and right-to-left languages

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