I have already published a detailed post on how to customise your comment boxes/balloons. This issue came up for me the other day, and I wanted to note down some quick instructions. Please note these instructions are for Word 2010 and upwards for Windows and may not work in other versions.
Why are my comment balloons in a different language?
In my case, I was running a final spell-check over a document when I suddenly realised that my comment balloons were in Australian English (I realised this when the spell-checker switched over to Australian English while taking exception to a word I had not, in fact, mis-typed).
Why would this be? Well, the formatting of the comment balloons comes under its own Style, separate from normal text, so at some stage this document, or the computer it came from, or the template the author was using, had come to have Australian English as the comment box language.
How did I get it back to UK English?
How do I change the comment balloon language?
Follow the normal steps for updating the comment balloon style, so get to the styles menu by
- Pressing Control + Alt + Shift + s all at the same time
- Making sure you’re in the Home tab and click on the little tiny arrow at the bottom right of the Styles menu
This gives you the Styles dialogue box.
Using either of these methods, you will bring up the Styles dialogue box.
Click on the rightmost button: Manage Styles to bring up the next box: Manage Styles. To get to Comment Balloons: click on the down arrow to change As Recommended to Alphabetical:
Once you’ve got the list into alphabetical order, find Comment text, and then click on the Modify button.
Click the Format button and choose Language …
And change the language:
And then all the OK buttons to get back.
You can also choose whether this change applies only to this document, or to all documents based on this template, and add it to your Quick Styles list if you want:
Press the OK button, and carry on pressing OK buttons until you get back to your document. Now your comment box language will be whatever you asked it to be!
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