Can Microsoft Office recognize input language automatically?

I'm thinking it in a way as it works e.g. in Google Translate: just give a piece of text for it and it gives back most probable language.


Based on this article, theoretically Word and Outlook can (I've not seen that in action yet), there is a checkbox on the Language dialog (Review tab - Language group - Set Proofing Language - Detect language automatically). But for this you have to download and install LIPs (Language Interface Packs) from here. As I've made out, the languages not listed on that page, can be downloaded only after you bought them...

  • Thanks for the answer. Yes, "theoretically", I've that check-box marked, but even after typing five sentences it doesn't recognize it. – Máté Juhász Dec 16 '15 at 10:22
  • But do you have the LIPs, on what you want to recognize the language of the text? Without them it unambiguously won't work.. What languages do you have installed in File - Settings - Language? Anyway did you checked the important note in the article? ("Before using the Detect language automatically option with a language that you haven't previously used in Office, you must enable the language in the Set the editing, display, or Help language preferences dialog box.") – nvi9 Dec 16 '15 at 10:29
  • Yes, all are installed and enabled in the preferences box. – Máté Juhász Dec 16 '15 at 10:33

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