Microsoft Word Is Stuck in French

Updated May 23, 2018

You may find the way Microsoft Office 2010 works with language to be confusing or frustrating if the program seems to be stuck in a language that you don't speak or read, such as French. You can set the language preference once you understand how Word determines your native language. Additionally, you can activate more advanced language options once you become proficient with the basics.

How Office Determines Language

When you start Microsoft Word 2010 it looks to Windows to determine which language it should be running in. This means that you don't have to waste time setting up a preferred language, but you may find the present language inconvenient. For example, if you're using a friend's computer, and his copy of Windows runs in French, you may have a hard time using Word if you don't read French. There's a procedure with which you can easily change the language that Windows uses.

Changing the Language

To change the system's language, click the Windows orb and then click "Control Panel." Click "Change keyboards or other input media" located on the right-hand side of the window, beneath the "Clock, Language and Region" heading. Click "Change Keyboards" when the "Language and Region" dialogue box loads. Click the "Default Input Language" drop-down box and click the language that you would like to use. Click "OK" to close the dialogue box. Restart Microsoft Office before the changes can take effect in Word.

The Editing Language

It's also possible that you may find yourself working in a copy of Word that's set to edit grammar and spelling for a language other than your own. This is known as the editing language, and you can change it on the fly by setting a few options. If your copy of Word is set to edit the French language, and you would like to change it, simply click "File," "Word Options" and then "Language." When the "Set the Office Language Preferences" box loads, click the "Choose Editing Language" dialogue box and click the language that you would like to work with. Click "Set as Default" to finish the process.

Other Language Tools

You can use other language tools that may make it easier to configure Word to your needs. For example, the automatic language options make it easier to quickly work with languages other than your own. These tools are called Detect Language Automatically and Automatically Switch Keyboard to Detect Language of Surrounding Text. You can turn the Detect Language Automatically tool on by clicking the "Review," "Language" and then "Set Proofing Language." The other tool automatically configures your keyboard to work in other languages when it detects them. Click "File," "Help" and then "Options." Click the "Advanced" tab and find the option under "Editing Options" and activate it.

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