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Word includes many tools to make your writing better. A few of the tools make use of specialized dictionaries; for instance the grammar and spelling checker. You can pick a language to be used on either a single paragraph, or on all instances of a particular paragraph style. To change which language is used for a particular paragraph, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Language dialog box.
If you want to specify that all paragraphs formatted with a particular style use a certain language, then follow these steps if you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003:
Figure 2. The Modify Style dialog box.
If you are using an older version of Word (97 or 2000), then you should follow these steps, instead:
Any paragraphs formatted with the defined style will now use the appropriate dictionaries for the language you specified. The other paragraphs in your document will continue to use the default language.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1206) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
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