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Hebrew Language Guide


What are Proofing Tools?

What are proofing tools?

Word processing software (such as Microsoft Office) often have "proofing tools" available for different languages, including spell-checker, dictionary/thesaurus, grammar-checker, and hyphenation rules.

These can be useful language learning tools, but remember they are neither fail-safe nor fool-proof: ultimately, you must try to understand and determine the correct language usage.

(Note: before you can start composing documents, you'll need to set up your computer to type in your new language. Hover your mouse over the "Getting Started" tab above for help with that.)

Word Processing in Right-to-Left Languages

Word Processing in Right-to-Left Languages

On Windows, you can use Microsoft Office to type in right-to-left text direction languages, like Arabic and Hebrew. See the box below for more details about using proofing tools, such as spelling and grammar check, in Office for Windows.

However, on a Mac, Microsoft Office does not have built-in support for right-to-left text direction. Instead, you have a few options:

Windows: Microsoft Office

Proofing Tools in Microsoft Office for Windows

Microsoft Office for Windows offers proofing tools in a greater number of languages (37); however, not all of the languages are included when you purchase Office. (The languages included with your copy of Office depend on where in the world you purchased it.) See the instructions below to "Check which language packs are installed on your computer." On most Windows computers at MHC, we have installed the following proofing tools:

  • Office Language Packs installed at MHC (Windows):
    Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (PRC and Taiwan), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi (also includes Urdu), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

If you would like to use the proofing tools for a language not in that list, please contact the Language Resource Center. We are able to install additional languages on the LRC computers.

Check which language packs are installed on your computer (Windows)

  1. Open a Microsoft Office program, such as Word.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Under Help, click Options.
  4. Click Language. In the Set the Office Language Preferences dialog box, in the Proofing (Spelling, Grammar) list, if the Spelling & Grammar icon Spelling command is next to the language that you want, then that language pack is installed.

Using the Proofing Tools (Windows)

The proofing tools in Office are used the same regardless of language. For example, if you have automatic spell-checking turned on, Word shows the red squiggly lines underneath possible misspelled words, or you can choose to run the spell-checker manually. For the spell-checker to work in another language besides English, you just need to make sure that your text is marked as that language:

  • Option 1: Set Word to automatically detect the language of your text
    • On the Review tab, in the Language group, click on the Language button and choose Set Proofing Language. In the Language dialog box, select the "Detect language automatically" check box.
  • Option 2: Manually mark your text as the appropriate language
    • Highlight your text. On the Review tab, in the Language group, click on the Language button and choose Set Proofing Language. Select the appropriate language from the list and click OK.

Does Word suddenly change the language of your keyboard?

There is an option in Word that can cause this problem. Try turning it off:

  • Click the File tab. Under Help, click Options, then Advanced. Under Editing options, de-select the "Automatically switch keyboard to match language of surrounding text check box".

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