Using MS Word to Type in a Foreign Language

Recently, we had a student ask us what she would need to do to use Microsoft Word to type in German.  Well, this is what we found out . . .

First, go to the Start Menu and click on the Control Panel.

Then open the Regional Language Options.

Select the Language Tab  >> Details button

In the Default Input Language section, click on the drop-down menu and select the language you wish to type in.


If you do not see the language you wish to use there, click on the Add button under Installed Services.  From the drop-down menu, select the language you wish to type in and click OK.

Click Apply and then OK again.

Restart computer and open MS Word.

It’s a good idea to test your keyboard, letter by letter–you’ll see that there are some differences from the English language keyboard and what you have chosen.  For example, if you have set the language to German, German language symbols are now included.  If you press the semi-colon key, you type an “o” with an umlaut above it; pressing the apostrophe key will produce an “a” with an umlaut above it.   Be sure to try using the shift key in combination with the number keys to see how those symbols have changed as well.

To set your computer back to English, just return to the Control Panel, repeat the steps above and change the language option back to English.

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