Detect language automatically

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The Detect language automatically option in Outlook and Word can automatically detect the language you are typing in and enable the proofing tools for that language. This has the same result as if you manually set the language.

Prerequisite

You must enable the languages (turn on the language-specific options) you want to use before the Detect language automatically option can detect the language you are typing in and enable the proofing tools for that language.

Step which is used in Outlook 2007

  1. Open a new e-mail message.
  2. On the Message tab, in the Proofing group, click the arrow under Spelling.
  3. Click Set Language.
  4. Select the Detect language automatically check box.
  5. Review the languages shown above the double line in the Mark selected text as list. Outlook can only detect those languages listed above the double line. If there are languages you use that are not shown above the double line, you must enable those languages (turn on the language-specific options) to have Outlook automatically detect them.

Note Automatic language detection does not work on a single-word basis but on a sentence basis. Depending on the length of your sentences, you might need to type several sentences before Outlook has enough contextual information to automatically detect the language and apply the correct dictionary.

2 comments:

Norman Lin said...

How do I then remove languages shown above the double line in the Mark selected text as list in Office Word 2007?

Felipe said...

I have followed all the steps in the process and my Word and Outlook simpy don't recognize any languanges. If I manually change the language the spell checker works fine, but it will not autodetect. I am running Office 2007 Pro on Windows 7.