How to Add the French Dictionary to Microsoft Word

by R.L. Cultrona
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Microsoft Word is a word processing program that is part of the MS Office suite. This suite of office productivity programs is used worldwide and as such, has the ability to be used in more than one language. The creators of this program considered that sometimes a user will need the ability to type in more than one language without having to ignore all of the misspelled word indicators (not to mention the ability to spell-check in whichever language is being written). Because of this, Microsoft has added a slew of languages from which a user can choose.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button or the Windows icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop.

Step 2

Click on "All Programs" to bring up a list of all programs. Scroll down until you find "Microsoft Office."

Step 3

Highlight the "Microsoft Office" folder by moving your cursor over it or double-click the folder in the menu. This will bring up a list of commands. Highlight or click on "Microsoft Office Tools."

Step 4

Click on "Microsoft Office Language Settings" to bring up a command window with the available languages for the Office programs.

Scroll through the available languages until you find French (France). Click the language to select it and then click the "Add" button. If you wish to change the default editing language, click on the drop-down menu and select the language you will be writing in. Click "OK" to make the changes permanent.


  • Make sure that your primary language is the language that is set as the default editing language. Otherwise, you will have to continually select your primary language before you start using Word.


  • French is not the only language you can add. Look through the list of available languages and select any language that you might use on a regular basis. This way, Word will not mark any writing you do in those languages as incorrect.


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About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.

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