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How do I fix this weird langauge issue in Word 2007 (that I never had in the last version of microsoft word, grr)? Please help!

Asked by La_chica_gomela (12537points) August 11th, 2008

So, I have a document that I’m translating from Spanish to English. I copied and pasted it from the body of an e-mail into the word document. Of course, word assumed it’s English, and underlined all the words that are “spelled wrong”. It’s a new computer, so I hadn’t installed the international keyboard yet. I did that. Then I went to the little icon, then “word options” and enabled “Spanish International Sort” as an editing language. Now I can click on individual words, and when I right click, I can select Spanish language, but even after I do that, it insists on keeping them underlined in red, and suggesting other words that are in English. I don’t understand why it’s doing this! Please help me!

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IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

As much as I hate to copy and paste from ms help, in this case, I think it is apropos:

Enable editing of multiple languages
In Microsoft Windows, click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Microsoft Office, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.
Click the Enabled Languages tab.
In the Available languages box, select the language you want to enable.
If you do not see the language that you want, or if you see (limited support) next to a language in the Available languages box, you may need to install additional system support for the language. The available support depends on your operating system.

For more information about system support for languages, click a link in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

Click Add.
If any Microsoft Office programs are running, the Language Settings tool notifies you and automatically closes the programs. The features for the language you enabled appear the next time you start an Office program.

Then there is this:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;177561

This is for Word 2003, but I think most of the settings are the same.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

sweetie, i just followed your directions and spanish is already enabled. thanks for the help. oh wait.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

I think there is a separate dictionary for Spanish. It may require a downoad. You could always turn the red underlines off, unless you really need the spell checker in real time.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

word 2007 claims that no language packs are necessary for spanish, french, or german.
i want to fix the problem, not just ignore it….

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

You might try this: delete the document you’re working on, open Word anew, and paste the text again. It may have defaulted the document to English because you didn’t have Spanish enabled.

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