Microsoft Word: Set the Document Language

Screen readers can read text and follow directions in multiple languages; they can also switch seamlessly from one language to the next.  This helps people from a broad range of language backgrounds access the text in your documents.  However, screen reader software does not automatically identify the language of a document. Follow the steps to set the document language.

To set the document language in Microsoft Word,

  1. Select the text you want to set the language for. This may be the entire document or just a portion of it.
  2. Select Review from the toolbar.
  3. Choose the Language option.
  4. Select the language you want to set.
  5. Select OK.

MS Word Review pane selected, then Language.