Customize language features in Word 2013 and later

Let's say you need to write part or all of a document in Farsi, or Spanish, or any other language that Word supports. You can easily change the language of a document and spell check it in that language. Once you have installed the proofing tools, you can change the language of your custom dictionary.

  1. In your document, click where you need to enter text in another language.

  2. Click Review > Language > Set Proofing Language.

    Setting a new proofing language in Word 2013

  3. In the Language box, scroll to the language you want to use and look for the Check Spelling & Grammar icon The Check Spelling & Grammar icon in Word 2013 in front of the language. if you don't see the icon, go to step 7.

    The Check Spelling & Grammar icon

    The icon lets you know you have proofing tools installed for that language.

  4. Scroll down the list and click the language you want to use.

  5. Click OK to close the Language box.

  6. Return to your document and start typing in that language.

    The Missing Proofing Tools message

  7. If you don't see the icon, click the language anyway, click OK. Word gives you the chance to get the proofing tools you need.

  8. Download the proofing tools you want, and repeat steps 3–6.

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  1. Click File > Options > Proofing > Custom Dictionaries.

  2. Click the dictionary you want to change.

  3. Open the Dictionary language list and select he language you want to use.

    Selecting a language for a custom dictionary

  4. Click OK to close all open boxes.

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Finally, you can do a lot more with languages in Word. You can add a word to your dictionary or check spelling and grammar in a different language. You can also turn spell check off and just check spelling manually when you're done writing.

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Having trouble with language features?

See Troubleshoot checking spelling and grammar in multiple languages.

See also

Add a language or set language preferences in Office 2010 and later

Check spelling and grammar in a different language in Office 2010 and later

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