How to change your editing language in Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007

18 Jun

This post is linked to my one on changing the language of your document in Word, however I’ve split them up to avoid screenprint overload.

Incidentally, this process also solves the problem of the language not appearing in the lower status bar of your Word document. This language note will only appear if you have more than one language set as the editing language in Word options.

Why would I want to change my editing language?

The main thing I’ve used this for is to force the language to appear, thus be changeable, in the lower status bar of my Word document. However, it’s also used if you are intending on loading alternative alphabets into your version of Word, if you want to use it for Chinese or Russian, for example.

How do I change my editing language in Word 2013?

This is done in Word Options. Find your Word Options by clicking the File tab:

Finding Word Options in Word 2013

Now choose Options:

Word Options Word 2013 2010

Within the Word Options window, choose Language:

Word Options Language

Look at the Choose Editing Languages section. You can see that only English (United Kingdom) is on the list at the moment. Click on the dropdown arrow by Add additional editing languages:

Choose editing language Word

Select your editing language from the list …

Choosing editing language Word

Once it’s selected, click the Add button:

Adding editing language Word

Now English (United States) has been added to the list – press the OK button at the bottom of the window:

Editing language added Word

What else can I change in the language section?

You will notice that you can also change the display and screentip languages on this screen, as well as asking Word to prompt you if you need to download any special proofing tools. This is useful if someone who only speaks a different language to the default is going to be using this copy of Word (of course, this is all changing this individual copy of Word and does not affect the document if it’s opened on different computers).

Making the changes take effect

You will now be prompted to Restart Word in order for the change to take effect. Press the OK button and close and re-open Word.

Restart Word

This process has the incidental effect of displaying the language of your document in the lower status bar in your copy of Word – and this is the way to make it display if it doesn’t do so initially.

Language displayed on lower status bar

How do I change the editing language in Word 2010?

Good news – the method of changing the editing language in Word 2010 is almost the same as in Word 2013 (above). The Word Options menu just appears slightly differently, in different colours and a slightly different layout.

Click on the File tab and then choose Options.

Word Options Word 2010

From now on, the process is exactly the same as for Word 2013 (above).

How do I change the editing language in Word 2007?

The process for changing the editing language is a bit different for Word 2007.

Access Word Options by clicking on the Office Button in the top left, then clicking on Word Options at the bottom of the window:

Word Options Word 2007

Stay on the Popular screen that comes up first, and click on Language Settings at the bottom of this screen:

Word 2007 change language

Now you have the option to enable and disable editing languages. Click on the language you want to add in the list on the left and press the Add button. Then click OK.

13 language Word 2007

In this article, we have learned how to change the editing language in Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007. Do comment or use the buttons below to share if you’ve found this useful. Many thanks to Krys Williams for her help.

Related posts in this blog

How to change the language of your document in Word

How to change the language of comments

Please note, these hints work with versions of Microsoft Word currently in use – Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013, all for PC. Mac compatible versions of Word should have similar options. Always save a copy of your document before manipulating it. I bear no responsibility for any pickles you might get yourself into!

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Word


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13 responses to “How to change your editing language in Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007

  1. Mike Gibbons

    January 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Many thanks for this. I was interested in forcing Word to display language in the status bar which this does nicely.


    • Liz Dexter

      January 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

      That was the aim – glad it helped!


  2. Arjuna

    May 8, 2015 at 4:19 am

    This is Helpful


  3. Leonie

    March 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Sadly, this does nothing for people who use Word on a Mac. Apparently there is no “Word Options” which sucks..


    • Liz Dexter

      March 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Sorry about that – hopefully I make it clear that these tips are for Word for PC, as the Mac versions are quite different and I don’t use them myself.


  4. roni scop

    May 31, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    the option “add” is not optional for the language i need. what should i do?


  5. Babiker Sulieman Babiker

    January 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I need to know all steps to change display language from Arabic to English language


    • Liz Dexter

      January 7, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you for your question. I’m afraid that because I don’t have Arabic installed on my PC, I can’t give you screen shots all the way through the process, but you should be able to change this process, or you might have to install English first, I’m not sure.



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