Check spelling and grammar in a different language in Office for Mac 2011

Click the program you're using to see specific instructions for checking spelling and grammar in another language in Office 2011.

Notes: 

  • Any custom dictionary setting that you change in one Office for Mac application affects all the other applications. For example, if you set custom dictionary settings in Word, you will see the changes the next time you open PowerPoint or Excel.

  • Some of the content in this topic may not be applicable to some languages.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes proofing tools, such as dictionaries or grammar rules, for more than one language. To see which languages are included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, see Proofing tools that are available for each language.

Do any of the following:

Check the spelling of an alternate language

If you create a document that contains text in different languages, you will want to use the appropriate dictionaries to check the spelling of each language that you include. To do this, you must indicate the language of your text so that when you run the spelling checker, the correct dictionary language is used.

  1. Select the text that's written in another language.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Language.

  3. In the Mark selected text as box, select the language that you want, and then click OK.

  4. After you mark the text, check the spelling in your document.

    When the spelling checker encounters the marked text, it uses the specified language dictionary to check the text. Then, the spelling checker returns to the default language dictionary to check the rest of the document.

Change the default language for the spelling checker

  1. On the Tools menu, click Language.

  2. In the Mark selected text as box, select the language that you want, click Default, and then click Yes.

    Note: Changing the default language affects other language settings, such as the formats used for dates, numbers, and currencies.

Set language rules for the spelling checker

When you switch to an alternate language or change the default language of the spelling dictionary, you can set additional rules for certain languages.

  1. Make sure that a document is open.

    If no document is open, the next step won't work.

  2. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  3. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click Spelling and Grammar.

  4. Under Spelling, do one of the following:

To use

Do this

Pre-reform (traditional) in Brazilian

On the Brazilian Modes pop-up menu, click Pre-reform.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled before the spelling reform will be verified and suggested.

Post-reform (new) in Brazilian

On the Brazilian Modes pop-up menu, click Post-reform.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled after the spelling reform will be verified and suggested; pre-reform variants will be flagged. This is the default setting.

Pre-reform and post-reform in Brazilian

On the Brazilian Modes pop-up menu, click Both.

Both pre-reform and post-reform spelling variants are verified and suggested.

Accented uppercase in French

Select the Enforce accented uppercase in French check box.

Words that should be spelled with the accented uppercase will be flagged if the accented uppercase is omitted, and only the variant forms with the accented uppercase will be suggested.

Traditional spelling in French

On the French Modes pop-up menu, click Traditional spelling.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled before the spelling reform will be verified and suggested.

New spelling in French

On the French Modes pop-up menu, click New spelling.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled after the spelling reform will be verified and suggested; pre-reform variants will be flagged.

Traditional and new spelling in French

On the French Modes pop-up menu, click Traditional and new spellings.

Both pre-reform and post-reform spelling variants are verified and suggested. This is the default setting

Post-reform (new) rules in German

Select the Use German post-reform rules check box.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled after the spelling reform will be verified and suggested; pre-reform variants will be flagged. This is the default setting.

Pre-reform (traditional) in Portuguese

On the Portuguese Modes pop-up menu, click Pre-reform.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled before the spelling reform will be verified and suggested.

Post-reform (new) in Portuguese

On the Portuguese Modes pop-up menu, click Post-reform.

Only words that were considered correctly spelled after the spelling reform will be verified and suggested; pre-reform variants will be flagged. This is the default setting.

Pre-reform and post-reform in Portuguese

On the Portuguese Modes pop-up menu, click Both.

Both pre-reform and post-reform spelling variants are verified and suggested.

Strict ë in Russian

Select the Russian: Enforce strict ë check box.

Words that should be spelled with the ë will be flagged if the diacritic is omitted, and only the variant forms with ë will be suggested.

Tuteo verb forms only in Spanish

On the Spanish Modes pop-up menu, click Tuteo verb forms only.

Words that should be spelled with tuteo verb forms will be flagged if the tuteo verb form is not used, and only the variant forms with tuteo verb forms will be suggested. This is the default setting.

Voseo verb forms only in Spanish

On the Spanish Modes pop-up menu, click Voseo verb forms only.

Words that should be spelled with voseo verb forms will be flagged if the voseo verb form is not used, and only the variant forms with voseo verb forms will be suggested.

Tuteo and voseo verb forms in Spanish

On the Spanish Modes pop-up menu, click Tuteo and Voseo verb forms.

Both tuteo and voseo verb forms are verified and suggested.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes proofing tools, such as dictionaries or grammar rules, for more than one language. To see which languages are included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, see Proofing tools that are available for each language.

Do any of the following:

Check the spelling of an alternate language

If you create a document that contains text in different languages, you will want to use the appropriate dictionaries to check the spelling of each language that you include. To do this, you must indicate the language of your text so that when you run the spelling checker, the correct dictionary language is used.

  1. Select the text that's written in another language.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Language.

  3. In the Mark selected text as box, select the language that you want, and then click OK.

  4. After you mark the text, check the spelling in your document.

    When the spelling checker encounters the marked text, it uses the specified language dictionary to check the text. Then, the spelling checker returns to the default language dictionary to check the rest of the document.

Change the default language for the spelling checker

  1. On the Tools menu, click Language.

  2. In the Mark selected text as box, select the language that you want, click Default, and then click Yes.

    Note: Changing the default language affects other language settings, such as the formats used for dates, numbers, and currencies.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 includes proofing tools, such as dictionaries or grammar rules, for more than one language. To see which languages are included with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, see Proofing tools that are available for each language. If you want to check spelling in a different language, you need to change the default language for the spell checker.

Do any of the following:

Change the default language for the spelling checker

  1. On the Tools menu, click Language.

  2. Select the language that you want.

    Note: Changing the default language affects other language settings, such as the formats used for dates, numbers, and currencies.

See also

Check spelling and grammar in a different language in Office 2016 for Mac

Translate content into another language

About multilingual features in Office

Use a custom dictionary

Proofing tools that are available for each language

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