This one’s the easiest tip in the toolbox!

Most of our clients are Australian, but we notice their documents frequently come to us with MS Word’s language set to US English. This means Word’s spellchecker will be working in US English, too. They end up with a mix of spelling, such as ‘organisation’ and ‘organization’, ‘labour’ and ‘labor’.

Which language or version of English do you prefer?

When writing in Word, always set 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 to the version you want. For us, that’s generally Australian English.

To do this, 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗔𝗹𝗹 of the document before you change the language. (Note, some text boxes and tables may resist the ‘select all’ change.)

There are three easy ways to find the language changer:
1️⃣ In the bar at the foot of your Word document (as shown in the image here)
2️⃣ Under the Review tab
3️⃣ Under Tools

🔵 Bonus tip: Click on 𝗗𝗲𝗳𝗮𝘂𝗹𝘁 to make it your default language, too. Don’t tick ‘Detect language automatically’.

Getting the language right is easy to do, and it’s worthwhile.

Points to Word language bar at foot of document