Proofing tools for Office 2010

I'm trying to find proofing tools for Office 2010 on MS site, but something is completely wrong. All the links now bring me to the Office 2013 options. Even the link "Download a Language Pack for Office 2010" on http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/language-packs/office-2013-language-options-FX102851176.aspx brings me to Office Language Pack 2013 page.
Actually I don't need the full language pack, I just need the spellchecker working for some languages (russian, estonian, some more). As I see it is possible to freely download such proofing tools for Office 2013, but they don't work with Office 2010.
What I show do and where I can them?

Thanks in advance,
Vadim
 

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Indeed, this is frustrating and absurd. The article "Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?" at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote-help/do-i-need-a-language-pack-or-language-interface-pack-HA010354264.aspx says, "Or to buy a language pack, please go to Buy an Office 2013 language pack or Buy an Office 2010 language pack." And both those links go to the same page, for Office 2013.

 

FWIW, it appears that what you need is not the language pack but the Proofing Tools Kit, which includes proofing tools for all languages. If you google for Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit, what you find from Microsoft is a series of service packs, but there are numerous sites that claim to offer the kit itself for download (free in most cases). Although I would view these sites with caution, there doesn't appear to be any official channel for getting this package.

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Indeed, this is frustrating and absurd. The article "Do I need a language pack or language interface pack?" at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote-help/do-i-need-a-language-pack-or-language-interface-pack-HA010354264.aspx says, "Or to buy a language pack, please go to Buy an Office 2013 language pack or Buy an Office 2010 language pack." And both those links go to the same page, for Office 2013.

 

FWIW, it appears that what you need is not the language pack but the Proofing Tools Kit, which includes proofing tools for all languages. If you google for Office 2010 Proofing Tools Kit, what you find from Microsoft is a series of service packs, but there are numerous sites that claim to offer the kit itself for download (free in most cases). Although I would view these sites with caution, there doesn't appear to be any official channel for getting this package.


I agree this is at the least completely absurd. Any other software package, for office, browser, non Microsoft offers this for free, without any hassle. So, know I just type in my text in a Google word document and copy past this in an Office document.

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I have just had a reply from Microsoft that appropriate teams are working to address this problem, but it is more complex than they initially thought. Take heart, though: MS is aware of the problem and working on it!

Update: This is now fixed. The link to Download a Language Pack for Office 2010 now actually goes to a site to download a language pack for Office 2010. Hooray!

Edit 9/29/15: Now goes to an error page. Sorry.

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Link you provided is pointing to the language pack that customize MS office interface itself for particular language and it ISN'T FREE. It isn't link to "proofing tools"

Proofing tools provide spell-checking functionality without changing language of MS Office interface and it always was free, but now all link pointing to proofing tools 2013 that isn't compatible with 2010.

There no any way right now to add additional language to the proofing tools in MS office 2010.
Period.

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The way to add an additional language to the proofing tools is to purchase and install a language pack. I don't believe the proofing tools have ever been free. Some Language Interface Packs are free, but they are offered only for "exotic" languages for which there is not a language pack.
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Word2010: File\Options\Language, Choose Editing Language section
There are several languages in the list, only English (US) <default> is marked as installed, all other have Not installed link. Click on that link brings me to this page:


Note I'm using Office 2010, but this page about 2013. In this page it is possible to select a language and absolutely for free download proofing tools package for this language. For example proofing tools for German language: http://www.microsoft.com/de-de/download/details.aspx?id=35400

I don't think German can be treated as "exotic".

And this downloaded package obviously cannot be used with Office 2010 because of different version.

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The way to add an additional language to the proofing tools is to purchase and install a language pack. I don't believe the proofing tools have ever been free. Some Language Interface Packs are free, but they are offered only for "exotic" languages for which there is not a language pack.
That is up to you to believe or not, but in 2013 any languages(include exotic) can be downloaded and used for free(I mean proofing tools, NOT a language pack that customize interface of MSO itself).  I don't want to change language of  interface of MSO each time when I need to spell check files in different languages. It always was easy to keep a bunch of dictionaries for other languages without a problem

Right now when one will click inside MSO to link "not installed" it point to MSO 2013 instead of 2010.
It is a glitch or a way to force customers to buy 2013... or force to switch to Google docs...

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Microsoft's policy on proofing tools has changed three times in three consecutive versions of Office:
  • In Word 2007 and earlier, there was a single Proofing Tools package that was sold (both by Microsoft and by other vendors such as Amazon.com) for approximately US$100. It contained a large number of dictionaries and thesauri, most of which were useless to most purchasers.
  • In Word 2010, the package was separated into individual language packs, each of which costs US$24.95. They are sold only through Microsoft's web site, at http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.253665800. You must use your browser to go there, not the link in the Language Preferences dialog of Word 2010 (the link in the dialog still goes to the wrong web page).
  • In Word 2013, the proofing tools for all languages are free. However, the Word 2013 language tools will not install in Word 2010.


The failure of the link inside Office 2010 to go to the correct page is a mistake, and I don't know whether there will be anything done to correct it.

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I think the link in Office 2010 probably did originally go to the right page, but that page was appropriated for Office 2013, and then a new page had to be created to replace (restore) the original 2010 page. This was done as a result of our intercession with the product team.
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As Jay has pointed out, what you say about Office 2013 is true (language packs are free), but the OP has 2010, so we're attempting to provide an Office 2010 solution.
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