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I am British, but whenever I use word, the spellcheck is in american. Whenever I try to change the language, both from at the top, or from the 'dictionaries' option in spellcheck, it just reverts back to US. How do I change it permanently, so it won't revert back?
 
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un-install office 97 and re-install it...during re-installling..explore Word and you can choose the language for spellcheck and un check us "Yanks"...
 
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Is this happening every time you open a new document, or every time you receive a document from someone else?

I think it would be simplert to change the Normal template rather than uninstalling and reinstalling. The Normal template is the basis for all your Word documents, so if you're nervous about making changes to it, make a copy first called something similar (people often use abnormal.dot).

The Normal Template file can probably be found in or around C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates
(if it's not there, just use Find, Files or Folders in the Start menu)

Then make the necessary changes to the language:

Tools, Language, Set Language, English UK. Click the "Default" button (might be called "Set as Default").
It should then say something like "Do you want to change the default language to English (United Kingdom)? This will affect all documents based on the NORMAL template"
Click YES, click OK.

This should sort out your problem.
You might also want to check that the page size is set to A4 - I frequently receive e-mails from people who have Word set as US language, and the paper is always set to Letter 8.5" x 11".
Go to File, Page Setup and click the Paper Size tab, change it to A4 and click the Default button.
Similar message will pop up about saving changes to the Normal template.

Finally, I'd suggest checking your Keyboard settings and Regional Settings.
Go to My Computer, Control Panel, Keyboard. Click the Language tab. If it is set as English (United States), click the Add button, find and highlight English (British) and click OK.
Remove English (US) - it might tell you that it can't do this until the PC is restarted. Click on English (British) and click "Set as Default".
Close the Keyboard settings box and open Regional Settings. Make sure your timezone (GMT UK & Ireland), currency symbol (£)and date format (dd/mm/yy or similar - American dates put the month first for some crazy reason!) are set to UK formats.

Hope this helps!

Gram
 
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