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

This article is for people who want to type and edit text in another language and are setting it up for the first time or for those people who want to understand the language configuration process. The steps guide you through all the things that you have to consider when you configure your 2007 Microsoft Office system programs to support typing and editing in a different language.

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

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

Steps

For procedural information, see

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Step 1     Determine if you need a 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 4.

Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?

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Step 2     Purchase a Language Pack, if needed.

Note   If you want to install an Office Language Pack on a computer owned by your company, check with your IT administrator to see if your company has a site license for the Office Language Packs you want to install.

Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?

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Step 3     Install the Language Pack.

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Step 4     Enable keyboard layouts (how the keys are arranged on the keyboard).

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, Russian.

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

Enable keyboard layouts for different languages

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Step 5     Specify the default language (and dictionary) for Microsoft Office programs.

Change the default language for Office programs

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Step 6     Set the display and editing languages that you want to use.

Set the display and editing languages

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Step 7     Switch between different languages as you type.

Switch between different languages as you type

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More information

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

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 another language

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

Keyboard shortcuts for international characters

Use ASCII character codes to type international characters (all programs)

Insert ASCII or Unicode Latin-based symbols or characters

Switch between languages using the Language bar

Switch between different languages using the Language bar

Switch between languages by setting the language

Switch between different languages by setting the language

Translate text

Translate text

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

Enable Microsoft Office to use other languages

For procedural information, see

Set the language that Office displays in and languages that you can edit text in

Set the display and editing languages

Turn on (or off) automatic language options

Turn on automatic language options

Determine if you need a language pack

Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?

Enable Windows to use other languages

For procedural information, see

Enable a keyboard layout for the language you want to use

Enable keyboard layouts for different languages

Applies To: Access 2007, Excel 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007, Visio 2007 Standard



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