Installing and configuring the Office 2010 Language Interface Pack (LIP)

Installing and configuring the Office 2010 Language Interface Pack (LIP)

  • Comments 28
  • Likes

The Office Language Interface Pack for 2010 (LIP) is a translated User Interface that installs on top of a copy of Microsoft Office 2010. The LIP can be downloaded and installed for free. Once the LIP is installed and configured, you can change the User Interface for Microsoft Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word to your LIP language and use the Spell-Checker in the LIP language.

Nearly all available LIP languages also include a spelling checker. Translated Help is not part of the LIP download package, but is available as a separate download for your selected language from the download site. Below you can find instructions on how to install and configure the Office LIP.

You can see all the available Office 2010 Language Interface Packs (LIPs) here . On this page choose the LIP language you require and hit download and you will be brought to the LIP download page.

In the example below I am downloading the Catalan Office 2010 Language Interface Pack 32bit/X86 version. Because I have a 32bit/X86 version of Office, at the bottom of the Catalan download page, I choose the 32bit/X86 version and I click download or baixa (in this case).

(By the way if you wish to know how to find out if you have a 32bit or a 64bit operating system please watch this video!)

1) Download the LanguageInterfacePack.exe

2) You then click save and save the file to a location on your computer.

3) Once the file is 100% saved you can now click the run button 

4) On Windows Vista & Windows 7 you may see a User Account Control dialog that pops up asking you "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to your computer?"

Please click yes to this dialog!

5) You will be presented with an End User License Agreement. If you accept the terms of the License agreements then please check the box on the bottom left of the screen and double click the Continue button.


The LIP will now be installed on your computer.

6) On the start menu  go to All programs | Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office 2010 Tools and click Microsoft Office 2010 Language Preferences


7) You will then be presented with the Microsoft Office 2010 Language Preferences dialog.

8) Now you need to move the LIP Language you have installed (in this case Catalan) to the top of the list by using the up arrow highlight in yellow below. The LIP language you installed should now be the number 1. Option in the Display language list.

9) You should now also make the LIP language (in this case Catalan) the default editing language. To do this click on Catalan in the Choosing editing languages box and then click set as default.

10) Once you have done this you will get a message informing you that you are changing your default language. Please click yes to this.


11) And now click the OK button on the bottom right of the screen

12) You will now be prompted to accept the changes you made to Microsoft Office 2010 Language Preferences so please click OK

You have successfully configured your Office 2010 Language Interface Pack. When you launch Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and or Word these applications will appear in the language you installed.


  • Why is there no English LIP for Office 2010? Will there eventually be one? I'm using Office 2010 Dutch because I want Dutch spell-check and grammar check, but I want the UI to be in English. Mixing English and Dutch in the UI (especially the explorer context menu) is very confusing.

  • Hi Lio,

    There is no Language Interface Pack (LIP) for English. If you want to install and use English Office you need to purchase an English Language Pack at a cost of £20. You can purchase the English language pack by going to and choosing English in  the dropdown and the "Buy now" button and then going through the purchase process.

    In order to see the difference between Language Interface Pack and Language Pack please visit (while the content is 2007 specific it is still relevant for 2010).

    I hope this helps you!

  • Hi Qutus,

    That's too bad. You know, the Dutch version of Office already includes spell and grammar check for English. So I'd have to pay £20 for the INTERFACE translation only?

    Is there any reason MS won't release a LIP for English?

  • Hi Lio

    Yes you will have to pay £20 for the the Dutch Language Pack. However you will get much more than just the user interface for 4 application in the Language Pack. You will also get the User Assistance files in Dutch and many more applications will be translated into Dutch also. The full list of what you will get is on the site above.

    There are no plans to release a LIP in English as the Language Pack for it exists.

    I hope this helps!

  • Hi Qutus

    Very helpful blog.  On your blog you said that the Persian language interface pack includes a spell check.  This page:

    But on the microsoft site there is no cross for spell checker next to the Persian language interface pack.  This is the microsoft page I am referring to:

    Does that mean that it does not have a spell checker or am I missing something here.


  • Hi Farsi,

    The Persian Office 2010 LIP does indeed have a speller. That second page you mention needs updating which I can follow up on.Thanks for pointing it out!


  • How do I install the translated help file that comes with the Catalan LIP? There are no install instructions on the zip file nor on the download page. Thank you!

  • Hi Joe,

    I have placed the instructions up on .

    Hope this helps!


  • Qutus,

    I have installed the Persian LIP for Office 2010 and it seems to work except for the number digits.  I have selected the Farsi digits under Additional Settings but the numbers are still showing up as English numbers not Farsi.  What am I doing wrong?



  • Hi Alex,

    It depends on the OS you have. I think Farsi numbers were only added in Windows 7.  If you have Windows 7, have you tried changing your number format in the control panel? Go to control panel | Clock, languge,region, change the dates, time or number format.ON the format tab go to additional settings.You should be able to change the number format there.

    I hope this helps!


  • Hi Qutus

    Just a question here but is there a way of confirming that a specific LIP includes a dictionary (as I see that most but not all, include this)?  I am looking at the Afrikaans LIP but am not able to confirm that it includes a dictionary (without of course downloading it and checking).



  • Hi Rob,

    I will post up the full list of spellers Microsoft ships in Office Language Interface Packs later this week i a seperate blog post when I get the full information. But to answer your question the Afrikaans Office 2010 does contain an Afrikaans speller.



  • Great stuff, thanks Qutus.

  • Rob

    Sorry it took so long to publish this. You can find the list for 2010 @

  • i need a Office 2010 Language Interface Pack (LIP)

Your comment has been posted.   Close
Thank you, your comment requires moderation so it may take a while to appear.   Close
Leave a Comment