Choose or permanently change the language of your Office installation
- If you don’t want to permanently change the language, but instead want to switch back and forth between languages or edit documents in multiple languages, Office lets you do that. For example, the English-language version of Office includes a spell-checker for French and Spanish. You can set up a variety of options in Office to work with multiple languages:
- Add a language or set a display, Help, or ScreenTip language
- Check spelling and grammar in a different language
- Enable or change a keyboard layout language
- Turn on automatic language detection
- Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text
- Depending on what version of Office you’re using, you can also install a language interface pack (LIP), language accessory pack (LAP) or language pack for a specific language to change the Office User Interface (ribbon, menu items and commands), change the Office Help language or add proofing tools for selected languages. For more info, see Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?
- If you work in an organization with an Office 365 subscription, you can go to your Office 365 software settings, and under Language, choose the language you want (you don’t have to uninstall the language you already have).
Change the language of your Office installation
You can change the language of Office by choosing to install Office in the language you want from your My Account page. This option works if you have a subscription to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University, or you have a one-time purchase of Office 2016.
- Sign in to your Office account at office.com/myaccount.
- On your My Account page, select Install.(If you have a one-time purchase of Office, you won’t see this. You can go directly to step 3.)
- Under Install Information, choose the link that says Language and install options.
- In the drop-down list box next to Language, choose the language you want to install.
- When you’ve made your selection, click Install and follow the instructions on the screen.
Uninstall Office with Control Panel and install in a different language
If you have a subscription to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University, you can also choose to completely reinstall Office in the language you want. To do that, you’ll have to first uninstall Office and then reinstall it. Here’s how to do that.
- Go to Control Panel.In Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
- Right-click the Start button (lower-left corner), and choose Control Panel.
In Windows 7
- Click Start > Control Panel.
- Click Programs > Programs and Features.
- Click the Microsoft Office suite, and then click Uninstall.
- After Office is uninstalled, go to your My Account page, click Install > Language and install options.
- Choose the language you want, and click Install.
Uninstall and then reinstall Office
Use the easy fix tool to completely remove Office from your computer. Then you’ll need to reinstall Office.
IMPORTANT: Once Office is uninstalled, the steps to do the installation in a different language are: Go the My Account page as instructed below, and click Install > Language and install options, choose the language you want, and then click Install.
- Click this easy fix button to uninstall Office.
- Select your browser from the drop-down list to see the remaining steps.
Select your browser
- To reinstall Office, see Install Office on your PC or Mac and follow the steps for your Office plan.