Is there an English Office Language Interface Pack?

Is there an English Office Language Interface Pack?

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I get asked quite a lot on this blog "Where can I find an English Office 2010 Language Interface Pack?" or  "I have German Office 2010, how can I change my User Interface to English?".

The short answer is no, Microsoft does not provide an English Office 2010 Language Interface Pack (LIP) or for any other earlier versions for that matter.

Microsoft does however provide an English Office 2010 Language Pack but you have to buy it for about $25 or £20.

You get much more in an Office Language pack than you do in an Office Language interface pack.

An Office Language Interface pack allows you to change the User Interface language for only 5 applications:Excel, Onenote (only in 2010), Outlook, Powerpoint & Word and in most languages it comes with  a spell checker.

An Office Language pack has a lot more in it namely:

  • You can change the User Interface for nearly every office application (not just 5) into the language you purchased the language pack for.
  • You can change the User assistance or help files for nearly every office application into the language you purchased the language pack for.
  • You will have a spell checkers as well as other proofing tools such as Autocorrect lists,grammar checkers in the language you purchased the language pack for.

For a full list of what the difference is between a language pack and a LIP please visit this blog post.

You can buy a English Office 2010 Language Pack from this site. And for the Office Language pack features and benefits summary please read this article.


I hope this helps!


  • Can I ask why you dont offer an English LIP when you do for a huge variety of other languages? This renders your product completely useless for a significant number of English speaking users who are provided a version of Office in a different language.

    I am downloading OpenOffice as we speak :-(

  • Hi Adam,

    While we do not offer an English LIP, we do offer an English Language Pack for Office 2010 so that people who wish the use the Office 2010 in English can do so. Details of this can be found in the above blog post. Sorry I could not be of more help!


  • Hello I just got a OneNote 2003 but the LIP is in German, I don't speak a word in German, how can I switch it to English?

  • Hi Marek,

    So I take it you have Office 2003 German? The honest answer is you cannot switch from German Office 2003 to English 2003. Office 2003 is 8 years old and Microsoft do not sell English language packs for 2003 anymore I am afraid which is what you need. So your only option is to upgrade to Office 2010 English version.The Home and Student product for 2010 has word, excel, powerpoint and onenote. But it costs money ~£100. You can get it from here

  • Hi Qutus,

    I have Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Home Use Program (All Languages).

    So I expect to be able to use any Office program in any language I desire.

    However in Excel, only "french" and "default system language" are selectable for user interface.

    Even though my OS (Win7 32 bits) is in English and "system language" is selected, Excel remains in French!

    How can I make the other languages be available?

  • Hi Lo,

    I do not believe the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Home Use Program comes with all or multiple languages preinstalled. Office normally only ships in one language . If you want others then you need to either purchase a language pack or download a free Language Interface pack and install them over your original version.

    Have you tried changing your Microsoft Office 2010 language preferences? Can you please follow steps 6-12 on this page  and let me know what options you actually see and what you think should be there? What language was your original installation of Office 2010 in? I presume it was French. What language do you want to change the Excel User Interface to? I presume English. If you do not see English in the Microsoft Office 2010 language preferences then I am thinking you need to purchase an English Language Pack.



  • Hi,

    We have noticed in Outlook 2010, the word cancelled is spelt canceled. We have English (English, not US) version installed i.e. colour, favourite etc. Is there a tool to correct the spelling or do we have to log it with MS as a bug?


  • Hi

    I presume when you say you have the English version installed you mean you have Windows 8 (UK English). Unfortunately Microsoft Office 2010 does not have a UK English version. And Outlook is part of Office. There is no tool to correct it. So yes you could log it as a bug to Microsoft to correct.

    Hope this helps!


  • Hi,

    My client is French speaking, has a french Win 7 operating system and French Office 2010 interface. We have IMAPed her email account at GoDaddy to Outllook 2010 and while the mail boxes are synching we get the followingconstant error message popping up:  "Your IMAP server wishes to alert you of the following : Folder name contained invalid charaters or is only spaces". This seems to be because the Inbox in Outlook is named in French by default and there is no way to change it, and GoDaddy's interface is only in English. Is it possible to change the interface language in Outlook to English without changing it for other Office programs?

  • Hi Tipep,

    "Is it possible to change the interface language in Outlook to English without changing it for other Office programs? "

    Unfortunately the answer is no. When you go into All programs | Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office 2010 tools | Microsoft Office 2010 language preferences and change display language the change made is across all office applications installed. You cannot change language on a per application basis.

    Not the answer you were looking for I am afraid,


  • Thanks for your prompt reply. I was pretty sure that's what you were going to say. I guess I'll have to go the old fashioned way and POP her, excuse the pun, lol.

  • With "Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013" just released globally into the Home Use Program, the question arises anew whether a German Office (2013) user interface and help system can now be switched to (much more concise) English without the need for an additional Language Interface Pack (yet to be made available according to or Language Pack (there is one this time at

    Does the table from Office 2010 still apply or have the languages included changed in 2013 anyhow?

    The German rather than the (U.S.) English version would be preferred simply for its additional spell checker (AKA "proofing tools") required for that language (recently redefined as in "Schlechtschreibreform", pour les initiés) in addition to English and French.

  • Hi Dime,

    Your versions of Office always need to match. An Office 2013 full version will not work with a previous version language pack such as an Office 2010 language pack.

    If I understand you correctly you have an Office 2013 German version and you are wondering if you need to download and install an Office 2013 English Language Pack so you can switch your Office 2013 User Interface and help from German to English as well as availaing of different language proofing tools? The answer is yes - you need to do download and install it.. You can download it from the link you provided above

    And the Proofing tools table you refer to above @  remains constant  for the languages English and German in Office 2013- the languages you are enquiring about. German Office 2013 (full version or language pack) ships with proofing tools for German, English, French and Italian. English Office 2013 (full version or languages pack) ships with proofing tools for English, French and Spanish.

    I am not sure if I am answering your question so if not let me know here.

    Hope this helps!


  • Why we cannot longer get an English LIP for Office 2010? Are we just being 'forced' to upgrade to 2013?

  • Hi Reginald,

    You can still purchase an English Office 2010 Language Pack from this location - ?

    Hope this helps


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