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I have a OneNote section in a notebook named "Personal" and some pages in this section. I can't change the section (or page or notebook) language. I tried changing the Office default language from the language settings but that didn't help.

Is there a way to change the language of an OneNote section, page or notebook. It's really annoying because every time I start typing something new, it sets the proofing & spelling language back to the old default language.

It appears that it might be tied to the input language I've chosen from the windows control panel. In that case, is it possible to decouple the OneNote section/page language from my input language because I really don't want to change my input language and keyboard layout.

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After some testing I can confirm that OneNote always uses the input language set in the Region and Language control panel.

However, you can combine any input language with any keyboard layout (at least in Windows 7), so the (hopefully temporary) fix is to add a new input language combined with the original keyboard layout.

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Thanks for the hint that I can add additional keyboard layouts to an input language. It solves the problem good enough for me. – Damir Arh Aug 3 '12 at 12:35

While this works to some extent, I also found another workaround: Set the first text box of your section to the desired language, and when you want to create another section, type out the first few letters in your text box that's already in the desired language and then use the drag/drop handle to move it to where your new text box should be. It'll retain your desired language.

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This has a microsft-onenote-2010, I can't tell how it works in 2010 but in OneNote2013 I did:

  1. Select the text or page
  2. Set the desired language in Review > Language > Set Proofing Language

and it worked.

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This doesn't solve the original problem - even after changing the proofing language, any new text entered gets the default language as its proofing language, making it extremely annoying to write notes in any non-default language. – Pent Ploompuu Mar 19 '15 at 20:03
This works with One Note 2013 too. Thanks for the tip. – codea Apr 13 '15 at 11:46

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