How do I get the Spanish feature to work in Microsoft XP Word?



I have a Dell Ispiron 5100 lap top with Windows XP Home version. I am
looking for a free solution to being aable to type my Spanish language
homework in Word with all of the proper spelling and accent marks. Can
someone help me?

Tony Jollans

Spanish proofreading tools are available by default in normal English
versions of Word. So just set your language (Tools > Language > Set
Language) to Spanish and away you go.

OK - so setting your language can be awkward and it does have a habit of
reverting if you're not very careful. Keep an eye on the Status bar at the
bottom of the window if you're in doubt - it shows the language at the

Suzanne S. Barnhill

I think Ben is looking for a way to *type* as well as spell check. For that,
it's probably easiest to enable an international keyboard layout, but the
special characters can also be inserted using Word's built-in keyboard
shortcuts. See

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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You need to do one other thing besides setting the language to Spanish within
Word - that is, activate a Spanish keyboard to allow typing of accented
characters. Here's the sequence:
Settings / Control Panel / Regional & Language / Languages tab / Details / Add
Drop down the input language list and scroll down to the desired version of
Spanish (there are 20, for different countries). Click OK.
Click Language Bar and check Show language bar on the desktop.
The setting in the language bar (or its minimized version in the status bar
at bottom) indicates which keyboard is active for input. Note that the active
keyboard may change as you move between different windows.
The setting within Word, set by Tools / Language, is independent of the
above, and controls which proofing tools are used. Note that the Language
setting within Word is a CHARACTER ATTRIBUTE, just like a font. That is,
various sections of your document can be set to various languages, and if you
have the proofing tools, a mixed-language document will be properly

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