How can I change the default dictionary to English (UK)?

Original Title: "dictionary"
I have Office Mac 2011. The default dictionary is English (US). It seems they cannot spell properly (lots of red squiggles) so I want to change the default dictionary to English (UK). I cannot work out how to do this so would appreciate any advice.

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Last updated November 13, 2018 Views 63,370 Applies to:
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Hello,

This has been driving me crazy for ages.

The way I fixed it was, I went in to EDIT then SELECT ALL so that all text in the document is highlighted. Then went in to TOOLS then LANGUAGE and chose ENGLISH UK, clicked DEFAULT, OK then saved and exited the program. 

The existing document and all new ones are now in my chosen English UK format :)

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A few points offered for clarification :-)

  • Language is a formatting attribute in Office documents.
  • The Language specified in Tools> Language detrermines the default language for that user in that installation of Office. That default applies only to new documents created using that installation of the software.
  • Text that should deviate from the creator's default needs to be marked accordingly, either by selecting the text & using Tools> Language to specify the Language, or preferably by applying a Style which includes the appropriate Language attribute.
  • The language formatting of the text in a document travels with the document, just as does bold, italic, indentation, etc. What default settings are used by another recipient of the document have no effect on document's language formatting.
  • "Spelling settings" are irrelevant. The spell checking mechanism switches on the fly & uses any of the installed dictionaries needed based on the language formatting of the text in the document. I.e., if some of the text is marked as French the French dictionary will be used. If some of the text is in Spanish, the Spanish dictionary will be used. If other text is marked as US English, that dictionary will be used for it.

For more detailed information please have a look at this web page:

http://word.mvps.org/mac/SpellCheck.html

 

As for the question concerning point 6, Yes it does :-) If text is selected when the Default is changed that text will be reformatted accordingly. And, as described above, any new [future]documents that user creates will be formatted based on that default. The statement doesn't mean that existing document opened in the future will be automatically reformatted.

 

Regards,

Bob J.

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Bob J.

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