Choose or permanently change the language of your Office installation

Applies To: Excel 2016 Word 2016 Outlook 2016 PowerPoint 2016 OneNote 2016 Publisher 2016 Office 2016 Excel 2013 Word 2013 Outlook 2013 PowerPoint 2013 OneNote 2013 Publisher 2013 Office 2013

If you want to always use Office in a language different from the one you installed, there are a few ways you can change the language.

IMPORTANT:

  • 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

NOTES:

  • 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.

IMPORTANT: These steps do not apply if you have a one-time purchase of Office 2013. They apply only to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriptions and one-time purchases of Office 2016.

  1. Sign in to your Office account at office.com/myaccount.
  2. 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.)Shows the install button Office 365 Home my account page
  3. Under Install Information, choose the link that says Language and install options.Shows the Language and install options link in Office 365 account management
  4. In the drop-down list box next to Language, choose the language you want to install.Shows the language choices in Office 365 Home
  5. When you’ve made your selection, click Install and follow the instructions on the screen.Shows the Install language screen in Office 365 account management

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.

  1. Go to Control Panel.In Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
    • Right-click the Start button Windows Start button in Windows 8 and Windows 10 (lower-left corner), and choose Control Panel.Options and commands list see after pressing Windows logo key + X

    In Windows 7

    • Click Start > Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs > Programs and Features.
  3. Click the Microsoft Office suite, and then click Uninstall.
  4. After Office is uninstalled, go to your My Account page, click Install > Language and install options.
  5. 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.

  1. Click this easy fix button to uninstall Office.Easy fix download button indicating an automated fix is available
  2. Select your browser from the drop-down list to see the remaining steps.
    Select your browser
  3. To reinstall Office, see Install Office on your PC or Mac and follow the steps for your Office plan.