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Change Your Default Language

Microsoft Office  has the default language set to  English (United States). This is true whether you are using Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional.  Users can change the default language once the software has been installed on their computer.  

Note:  you will need to set the default language on each computer you use.

  1. Open Word
    • Open the File menu

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  2. The File menu will open
    • Select Options

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  3. The Word Options screen will open
    • From the Options men select Language 
    • From the Add additional editing languages drop down menu select the language you would like to be your default language
    • Click the Add button

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  4. The language you selected is now shown in the Editing Language field but it is not the default 
    • Click the language you want to be your default
    • Click the Set as Default button
    • Note:  there are two columns Keyboard Layout and Proofing (Spelling, Grammar...)  The Keyboard Layout shows Not enabled.  If you click the link it will take you to the control panel where you can choose a different layout for your keyboard.  If you are using a language, such as French, and have a need for the different keyboard you can change it.  Otherwise you can leave it.

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  5. The Microsoft Office Default Editing Language screen will open
    • Choosing a different Default Editing Language can affect some of your custom settings
    • To confirm the new Default Editing Language click the Yes button

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  6. Your new Default Editing Language has been set
    • Click the OK button
    • Note:  there is a Keyboard Layout section and the Proofing (Spelling, Grammar...) section.  The Keyboard Layout section will still read Not enabled.  Unless your preferred language requires a different keyboard layout you can  leave it as not enabled and the English (United States) keyboard will remain the default.  

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  7. You will be prompted to restart Office so your language change can take effect
    • Click the OK button

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