How to Change the Language of a Word Document

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Convert a foreign language with your current text.

Microsoft Word has a built-in feature that allows users to convert the current text to a different language. This allows you to adjust the text from one language to another, with only a few clicks of your mouse. Doing so is incredibly helpful when taking foreign language classes and you need to convert your current language into a foreign text. Additionally, once you convert to a different language it is still possible to change the language back to the original text.


Step 1

Launch Microsoft Word (if it isn't already open), then launch the document you want to convert the text with.

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Step 2

Click the "Tools" tab at the top of the screen. From the pull-down menu that appears select "Language" followed by "Set Language."


Step 3

Scroll through the list of languages you want to use in Microsoft Word and click "OK."


Step 4

Exit out of the text window and all additional text you type converts over to the newly selected language.




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