Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?

Language packs let you see ribbon or menu items, commands, Help, and proofing tools like the spelling checker, grammar checker, and thesaurus in a translated version of Office for all Office applications. But language interface packs (LIPs) only change the language for the ribbon and commands for some Office applications and includes a spelling checker.

Also, language packs need to be purchased and LIPs have free downloads.

Tip   If you only want to type and edit text in a different language, you don't need a language pack or a LIP. Instead you can change the input language of your keyboard.

Note   The Office 2003 and Office 2007 language packs have been discontinued and Office 2010 or Office 2013 language packs can't be used with Office 2003 or Office 2007. But you can see if an Office language interface pack (LIP) might be available since you can still download free LIPs for Office 2003 and Office 2007.

The table below summarizes the differences between a language pack and a LIP.

Question

Language Pack

Language Interface Pack (LIP)

Translates Office user interface?

Yes, for Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word

Yes, for Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word

Translates Office Help content?

Yes

No

Includes proofing tools?

Yes, includes spelling checker, grammar checker, and thesaurus.

In most cases only includes a spelling checker.

Cost

About $25

Free

Check which language packs are installed on your computer

Office 2013 and Office 2010

  1. Open an Office application, like Word.

  2. Click File > Options > Language.

  3. In the Set the Office Language Preferences dialog box, in the Proofing (Spelling, Grammar) list, if you see the Spelling & Grammar icon Button image next to the language you want, then that language pack is installed.

Office 2007

Note   The Office 2003 and Office 2007 language packs have been discontinued and Office 2010 or Office 2013 language packs can't be used with Office 2003 or Office 2007. But you can see if an Office language interface pack (LIP) might be available since you can still download free LIPs for Office 2003 and Office 2007.

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Office, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings.

  2. In the Microsoft Office Language Settings 2007 dialog box, click the Display Language tab.

    • If you do see the Display Language tab, click the tab. The Display Microsoft Office menus and dialog boxes in: list shows the languages of the Language Packs that are installed.

    • If you don't see the Display Language tab, you don't have any language packs installed.

Applies To: Access 2013, Access 2007, Access 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2007, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2013, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2007, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2013, Publisher 2007, Publisher 2010, Visio 2013, Visio 2007, Visio 2010, Word 2013, Word 2007, Word 2010, Project 2010 Standard, Visio 2007 Standard, Visio Standard 2010, OneNote 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project, Project 2013 Standard, Visio



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