How to Set the Default Language Dictionary on Microsoft Word 2007

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Default Dictionary for Microsoft Word 2003

If you are having problems with the default dictionary setting for Word 2003, please read about how to set the default dictionary on Microsoft Word 2003.

Default Dictionary for Microsoft Word 2007

To achieve this, follow these instructions.

1. Click on start, then on all programs, then on Microsoft Office, then on Microsoft Office Tools, then on Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings – see picture below.

Word Language Settings

2. When you have done that, you will see another window shown below :

Word 2007 Language Settings

Then ensure that the enabled editing languages you need are in the Enabled Editing Languages box on the right hand side and that the default the Primary Editing Language is set in the box at the bottom of the window as shown above. This will be the default dictionary.

If that doesn’t work – there are scores of suggestions below in the comments to this blog post. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. I can’t believe how many people continue to have problems with Word. Maybe the latest version is better?

How To Set the UK Dictionary as Default Spellchecker in Microsoft Word 2003

Microsoft Word 2003?

I keep having to change the dictionary setting when spell-checking to UK English from US English. It didn’t matter how many times I did that, the spell check would flip back immediately to US English.

The way to prevent this happening is to make sure that the normal.dot template is itself set to your dictionary of choice. To do this, open a new Microsoft Word document, cut and paste some text into it from somewhere, and then click on Tools/Language/Set Language and select English (UK). Next, whilst English (UK) is highlighted, and the option Detect language automatically is selected, click on the Default button.

You should get a message indicating that the template.dot template will be changed and that all new documents from now on will use the UK dictionary by default.

Microsoft Word 2007?

If you need to set the default dictionary for Word 2007, please see the following article about Word 2007 and setting the default language.