Jul 26 2016 03:29 AM
Jul 26 2016 03:29 AM
Is there a way to make the default dictionary/spelling language in Word Online not US and honour the actual regional settings of the tenant/user?
It's quite annoying in an English (UK) environment as users don't always spot the difference. Particularly problematic in an education setting where it's telling students that "colour" etc are wrong.
Jul 26 2016 05:44 AM
Word Online should follow the user's language settings (to be found in the general settings for the user).
If I set the preferred language to Dutch in the Office 365 settings then Word Online defaults to the Dutch spelling, unless specified differently in Word Online itself (by marking text and selecting a diffirent language for spelling).
Administrators can bulk change the language for a user to Dutch. If that is needed then PM me and I will send you the Powershell script to do so.
Jul 29 2016 12:10 AM - edited Jul 29 2016 12:10 AM
No, the settings that I refer to are to be found from the General Settings from Office 365:
1. Go to the Office 365 start page
2. Click the Settings wheel
Jul 29 2016 06:44 AM - edited Jul 29 2016 06:45 AM
Not on our Tenant..
We also set all accounts to UK when we apply the initial licence.
Jul 29 2016 06:56 AM - edited Jul 29 2016 06:57 AM
You should try the following then:
-In the 'Search all settings' box, type in 'Language' and see what it comes up with
Alternatively you can also open OWA (webmail) and check the settings there (under 'General'). That should state the same. This is the particular setting that defines the default language for Office 365 and thus Word as well.
SharePoint has it's own setting for language.
Sep 27 2017 01:56 AM
Mar 12 2018 06:09 AM - edited Mar 12 2018 06:49 AM
I would just like to clarify that Word Online is not Word 365, and Office Online is not Office 365, even though Office 365 can be used online. Office Online is the free, scaled down version of Office.
To change the interface language of Office Online, go www.office.com, click on one of the applications, such as Word or Excel, then click at the bottom of the screen. Or you can go to OneDrive, click the menu icon at the top, then select the current language.
Changing the language at the bottom of my Microsoft account page did not change the Office Online interface language.
I'm not sure if this is what Michael was looking for when he asked his question, but I'm sure there will be plenty of people trying to switch Office Online's language that could benefit from this reply.
Mar 12 2018 07:10 AM - edited Mar 12 2018 07:12 AM
Office Online is not the same as Office 365, even though Office 365 can be used online. Office Online is the scaled-down, free version of Office that you can only use online.
To change the language of Office Online, see How to change the display language used for the Office Online website (OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway), about halfway down this page.
Aug 29 2021 01:02 PM
Oct 18 2021 06:11 AM
My online 365 Mac Excel is also in Dutch while it should be in English.
Please fix this, as it's getting very irritating. Excel for Mac is irritating enough with it's limitations, considering the price you pay for it, I already feel a second class customer
Oct 19 2021 05:49 AM
this shows how to change it, i did months ago and still is ok
Oct 19 2021 06:11 AM - edited Oct 19 2021 06:12 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. However, in Word and Outlook Online, changing the display language will also change the default proofing language, in my experience. This is not necessarily what I want to do.
Oct 19 2021 06:19 AM
Oct 19 2021 07:04 AM
With regard to my OS - it is Mac 10.15.7 and set to "Canadian English" because I am in Toronto. Word Online tells me "colour" is spelled wrong but it is correct. It's therefore got nothing to do with the language of the OS.
And to repeat, in multiple areas of the MS 365 and Online Word I have it set to Canadian English but it doesn't work correctly.
Clearly it's a work in progress as is other aspects of the software. Today I had an issue creating a copy of a file in Excel Online - it would not allow creation of copy via "save as" so I had to download a copy as a workaround.
Oct 19 2021 07:15 AM - edited Oct 19 2021 07:15 AM
In my experience, the web-based versions of Office programs give us (as users) very little control. You could try changing the language settings for your OneDrive account, as suggested by other contributors in this thread. Maybe that will fix the issue you are experiencing.
Note that I am unable to offer advice that specifically applies to Word in a Mac environment, because I am a PC user myself.
An important distinction, on both Mac and PC platforms, is that the language in a specific document may differ from the default you have specified. This often becomes apparent when you receive a document from someone else.