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Working with Text in a Foreign Language in PowerPoint 2007

PowerPoint gives you the opportunity to construct presentations in foreign languages or include foreign-language text in an English PowerPoint presentation, and still be able to spell check your work. To enter and edit text in a foreign language, you start by installing proofing tools for the language. With the tools installed, you tell PowerPoint where in your presentation a foreign language is used. After that, you can spell check any text written in the language.

To spell check text written in Uzbek, Estonian, Afrikaans, and other languages apart from English, you have to obtain the additional proofing tools from Microsoft. These can be obtained at the Microsoft Product Information Center (enter proofing tools in the Search box). Proofing tools include a spell checker, grammar checker, thesaurus, hyphenator, AutoCorrect list, and translation dictionary, although all these tools are not available for every language.

Follow these steps to inform PowerPoint that you will use a language or languages besides English in your documents:

  1. Click the Start button and choose All Programs→Microsoft Office→Microsoft Office Tools→Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings.


    The Microsoft Office Language Settings dialog box opens. The Enabled Editing Languages box lists languages that PowerPoint (and the other Office programs you installed) is capable of proofing.

  2. Select a language in the Available Editing Languages box and click the Add button and Click OK.

    If you see the words “limited support” next to a language’s name in the Enabled Editing Languages box, you need to install a language-proofing software. As mentioned earlier, you can obtain this software at the Microsoft Product Information Center (

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