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How to Add Additional Languages to Office 2013

Do you speak more than one language? Microsoft Office 2013 supports the use of multiple languages in proofing, writing, and spell-check. Setting it up hasn’t changed much since Office 2010, so this shouldn’t take long to walk through.

In any Office app, open the File ribbon.

office file ribbon

From the File menu click the Options button.

open office 365 options

 

In the Options window click the Language tab.

options >> language

Use the drop-down menu titled “Add additional editing languages” to select the language you prefer and then click Add.

add an extra language

That’s it! It’s added. You can now use your newly added editing language to spell check for words written in that language.

Keep in mind that there’s a good chance your language won’t be supported as usually only English and Spanish are the defaults. If this is the case you’ll need to download and install the Office 2013 Preview Language Pack.

additional language added

For more information about setting up language-specific keyboard layouts or Not Installed languages, see this article.

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3 Responses to How to Add Additional Languages to Office 2013

  1. Antonio July 19, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I hope it offers español, not espanol. 🙂

  2. Bess May 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Wasted 2 days with level 2 technicians at Microsoft Office Research Team who tried to find out why my PPT 2013 Spanish spell checker kept rerouting to English dictionary instead of the Spanish editing language selected. I made all the language choices and they even me install the entire Spanish language pack and make everything in Spanish on my computer and the spell check still defaulted to English. Then after the 2 days they informed me that Microsoft only has a working Spell checker in Spanish in Word and Outlook. Anyone know of a fix? What can I do short of waiting for to figure it out. I have a Surface Pro, Windows 8 and need this functionality in PowerPoint 2013. Thanks, Bess

  3. SVK PETO September 25, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    Its only proofing language, not language.

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