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In my new laptop I am using Microsoft Word 2003 SP3 running on Microsoft Windows XP in English.

Everything appears in English, and my default language in MS Word is English, which is fine since I write in this language. However, when I add a table, figure or equation to my documents, and create a Caption for it, instead of the usual "Figure", "Table", "Equation" words, I get the Spanish equivalents: "Ilustración", "Tabla", "Ecuación".

I have looked around and can't find a way to fix this. Any Help will be appreciated.

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Here are two options depending on your situation:

Situation 1: Your copy of Office was installed from a Spanish language based install media.

You will be able to set the default language to English, but core functions will use the native language of the installation media.

The only fix is to uninstall the Spanish version, and install from an English-based install media.


Situation 2: Everything seems to be English, but occasionally foreign languages appear.

In this situation, here are repair instructions for Office 2002:

  1. Click the Start menu
  2. Point to Programs
  3. Point to Microsoft Office Tools
  4. Click Microsoft Office XP Language Settings.
  5. Click the Enabled Languages tab.
  6. Go to the Default version of Microsoft Office box
  7. Select the language you want
  8. Click OK. A message will appear telling you what changes will be made.
  9. Click Continue

I hope this helps.

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I was exactly in Situation 2, and this worked like a charm. Frankly, I think this is the first time I use anything in the Microsoft Office Tools. Thank you! – Daniel Daranas Oct 14 '09 at 15:44
+1 good answer. hope you don't mind me touching up the formatting. – quack quixote Oct 14 '09 at 16:35

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