Word: Set the language for a style

October 17, 2011

As a follow-up to my post about setting the language for all elements of a Word document, except styles, here’s how you set the language for a style. Do this in the template and it will apply to all documents you create from that template.

You have to set the language one style at a time. If you don’t have a lot of styles, this shouldn’t take too much time, and, if you do it in the template, it’s a one-off task.

By the way, if the style is based on another style (e.g. Normal), then changing the language in the one it’s based on, seems to change it for the linked styles too.

  1. Display the Styles pane:
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the style you want to change.
  3. Select Modify.
  4. Click the Format button, then select Language.
  5. Select the language you want to apply to this style, then click OK twice to exit.
  6. Repeat Steps 2 to 5 to set the language for each other style.

[Links last checked October 2011]


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  2. HI,
    Not sure what this option does? I am trying to change the autostyle number for Steps (Step 1, Step 2) to spanish (Paso 1, Paso 2). I have created a style and selected the spanish, but nothing changes….any ideas? thanks, joan :-)

  3. oh..I did find how to change the word step to paso with “define new multilist” function…would be good to know what the language thing is about – is it related to spell checking?

  4. Hi Joan

    As far as I know it’s related to spell checking, not to translating from one language to another. That said, I’m not really sure how it works for spell checking!


  5. ahh…thanks for confirming the spell checking! :-) joan

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