I open an Excel document with Chinese characters and see the following.

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How do I make my Mac Air running Lion recognize Chinese characters in Excel?


I found my answer on this page.


  1. Close any open Office applications.
  2. In the Finder, open Microsoft Office 2011/Additional Tools/Microsoft Language Register, and then double-click Microsoft Language Register to open the application.
  3. On the Select the language to enable for Microsoft Office pop-up menu, click Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese, and then click OK.

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