In our last tutorial, we changed the proofing language in Microsoft Word for the PC. Today, we are going to change the proofing language in Word for Mac.
The proofing language is the language Word uses to spell-check your document and offer grammar suggestions.
The bonus section at the end shows what to do if you don’t see spelling and grammar suggestions in your text.
Table of Contents
- How to Change the Proofing Language
- Bonus Section: How to View Spelling and Grammar Suggestions in the Text
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The images below are from Word for Microsoft 365 for Mac. These steps also apply to Word 2021 for Mac, Word 2019 for Mac, and Word 2016 for Mac.
How to Change the Proofing Language
- Press Command + A to select your entire document.
(Alternatively, select the Edit menu followed by Select All from the drop-down menu.)
Important Note: Word won’t use the new proofing language to check existing text unless the text is selected before changing the language.
- Select the Review tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Language button.
- Select the language in the Mark selected text as menu in the Language dialog box.
- Deselect the Do not check spelling or grammar and Detect language automatically options.
- (Optional) Select the Default button if you want to use the selected language in future documents.
- Select the OK button.
Your text should now be spelling and grammar checked in the selected language.
Bonus Section: How to View Spelling and Grammar Suggestions in the Text
If spelling and grammar suggestions don’t appear in your text, ensure that your preferences are set to show in-text corrections.
- Select the Word menu.
- Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- Select Spelling & Grammar in the Word Preferences dialog box.
- Select Check spelling as you type and Check grammar as you type.
- Select the close button.