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In our multi-lingual world it is getting more common to share your workplace with people from other countries. Here in Norway you can now expect to walk into any workplace and meet at least one who speaks any of the following languages: English, Polish, Russian, Turkish etc. etc. Have you ever tried to work on a software with a foreign language ? Well many people have to – unless you can afford to buy one license for each language that is. For me to read and write Russian or Polish would be as impossible as it would be for you to read Norwegian.

Luckily there is a solution!
Microsoft has released Interface Language packs to be downloaded (some bought) and installed on top of your Office installation, making it possible to switch between different language setups. 

How to make Microsoft Office switch back and forth between languages

For me the “problem” is that I purchased my Microsoft Office 2007 in Norwegian, thus all the menus and dialogue are Norwegian. But I need an English version for my Screen Captures (which I use here on MintyWhite). In the old days – the solution would be to buy another copy – in English. Luckily that’s not the case.

You can find the available language packs here: Language Packs for 2007 and 2003. As mentioned earlier my copy was Norwegian therefore; I needed the English Language Pack. I downloaded it from Microsoft and started the Installation.

[EDIT] Apparently Microsoft has done some changes page, linked above. Try this link instead.

Note! The Language packs come as ISO-files which you either need to burn to a CD or mount using the free tool: magic Disk.

The installation is pretty much straight forward. Follow the on-screen instructions until it says that the installation was a success. Then do the following:

  1. Close any open Office Application
  2. Click the Start-button then navigate to Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office Tools and choose Microsoft Office language Preferences.

    If you have used this tool before you will see that it has got a new tabbed window, called: Display language. This is where you choose which language Office should use as it’s interface language.
  3. Choose your new language from the drop down menu and click OK.
  4. Now start an Office Application and see the changes:

  5. To switch back into your “old” language, repeat the steps.

About Thomas

Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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5 thoughts on “Use Interface Language Packs to Navigate (in Your Language) Around Microsoft Office”

  1. Patrik.M says:

    I was able to read them! :)
    Know little swedish, then thinking :D

  2. Patrik.M says:

    I was able to read them! :)
    Know little swedish, then thinking :D

  3. Patrik.M says:

    I was able to read them! :)
    Know little swedish, then thinking :D

  4. Pavel Trivailo says:

    I am trying to change the Offcie interface language from Japanese to English, so I hoped that the solution on the web would work for me. However … the proposed link is not active any more <http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/the-20…>. Can anybody help me with any ideas on how to progress? Many thanks, Pav

  5. Thomas says:

    This link can be found in the list-menu found on the right (in the above link): http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/lan…

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