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I was editing a document in word 2007 on Windows XP and suddenly all sorts of words are underlined as misspelled. I go into word options and it talks about French dictionary! My primary language is set to English (US) and that is only language.

What is going on??? How can I get back to English?

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I fixed the problem by rebooting windows and deleting one sentence from the document that was still thought to be in French and retyping it again. –  WilliamKF Jan 8 '10 at 15:38

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There are two things at work here probably:

  1. Word tries detecting the language as you type. This works fairly well when you got like 5 to ten words minimum and eventually provides you with correct spell-checking even in multi-lingual documents.

  2. Word switches the language based on the input language. I have Polish installed as input language, along with the proper keyboard layout and when I switch to that in Word I get spell-checking in the correct language.

The easiest immediate fix is probably to select all, then click the language in the status bar and select English.

It might be that your default style is set to French (for whichever reason; that usually doesn't happen automatically); you may want to set the language there too.

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I suspect that it is item 1 above and that word thought a subset of the document was in French due to some glitch. Reboot and delete of that section fixed the issue. –  WilliamKF Jan 8 '10 at 15:39

In case of Word 2007, go to Review tab, then to Set language, and then to the language of your choice (English). I think that should fix it.

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Language was set to English (US). –  WilliamKF Jan 8 '10 at 15:37

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