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In Word is it possible to check the spelling of an essay written in a language other than English?

A spellchecker is available for French, German, Spanish, Italian and many other languages (no other proofing tools are available i.e. thesaurus and grammar checker). 

  1. Select the text you want to check.
  2. Open the Review tab then from the Language group click the Language icon.
  3. Choose 'Set proofing language...'
  4. In the Language dialog box, verify that the correct language is associated with the text. If it is not, select the language you want to use for the dictionary and other proofing tools.

If the language is preceded by the Spelling & Grammar icon

Language Icon

it means that proofing tools, such as spell checker, are installed for that language. .

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Created by Jason Bailey on 27 July 2001 and last updated by Adrian Chorlton on 1 August 2016