Office 2003: Set the default languageMarch 11, 2009
Office 2003 has several different programs — Word, Outlook, etc. — and each has an option to set the default language for the spellchecker. Most of the time it works.
But sometimes the default language is set to something you don’t want and it won’t hold the new setting when you change it. Case in point: English (US) is the default, but I want to set English (Australian) as my default language. It holds for Word, but it won’t hold for Outlook.
I found a solution to this thanks to a Google search — and in a place where I would never have thought to look!
- Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.
- You may get a message that the program cannot be installed. If so, you’ll need to find your Office 2003 CD, insert it, then click OK. It should install in a few seconds.
- Check the list of Enabled Languages on the right — select and click Remove for any you don’t want.
- Select the language you want as the default from the list at the bottom of the window, then click OK.
- If any Office programs are currently open you’ll be asked to either restart them now, or, if you choose to restart them later, you’ll get a message to say that the new default language settings will apply next time you start them.