How do I change the language in InDesign so that I can do a spell check (in this case from english to french)

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Mar 02, 2016 Mar 02, 2016

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Anyone know how I can change the language setting in InDesign? I'm doing up a document in French and need to do a spell check but the dictionary is in English.

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Community Expert , Mar 02, 2016 Mar 02, 2016

Language is a character attribute in InDesign. It's not a global setting.

It can be set in paragraph and character styles (Advanced Character Formats), or locally in the Control panel in Character mode with the Type tool is selected. (This is because you may have multiple language text within a document.)

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Community Expert , May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

No, not so.

Work with Paragraph Styles. Change the language of the Paragraph Styles in Extended Character Attributes.

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Mar 02, 2016 Mar 02, 2016

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Language is a character attribute in InDesign. It's not a global setting.

It can be set in paragraph and character styles (Advanced Character Formats), or locally in the Control panel in Character mode with the Type tool is selected. (This is because you may have multiple language text within a document.)

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May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

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Hi lucd6634402

I just found the solution to help you (next time), you can easily convert multiple textframes between two languages using the "Find/Change" feature.

  1. Edit > Find/Change
  2. Click the magnify icon next to "Find Format" and then "Change Format":
    1. Define the Find attributes, choose ‘Advanced Character Formats’. Change the language to “English: UK”.
    2. Define the Change attributes, choose ‘Advanced Character Formats’. Change the language to “French”
  3. Check the format settings are correct, e.g. "+ language: English: UK" and "+ language: French".
  4. Press "Change All"

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May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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No, not so.

Work with Paragraph Styles. Change the language of the Paragraph Styles in Extended Character Attributes.

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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I spent A WEEK with my indesign stuck on polish, everything would spell check in polish, didn't matter the document or size, it was stuck in polish. My PARAGRAPH STYES were polish!! No one else had this solution, thank you so much random guy from adobe support!!!

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Jun 10, 2022 Jun 10, 2022

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can you point me to where I can find this area? I've got Para Styles and Character Styles open but can't see what I'm supposed to do 😞

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Jun 10, 2022 Jun 10, 2022

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You must edit each paragrah style and go to the Advanced character formats tab.

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Jun 10, 2022 Jun 10, 2022

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Hi @KieranBrennanDublin , Double click the each style and choose Advanced Character Formats to set the Language.

 

Keep in mind the Language property could be overridden, so setting the Language in all your styles doesn’t guarantee the same language for all text. You can try this script , which sets styled, unstyled, and table text to the chosen language:

 

https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/98453a4b-80c7-49d0-7702-e507d8404479

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May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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Increase this productivity

Find/Change in Grep

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Change to

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In the Change Format section - select your language

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Jan 27, 2022 Jan 27, 2022

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Thank you! that absolutely worked! I couldn't get my spell check off of a Finnish dictionary - tried everything - this worked!

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Sep 07, 2022 Sep 07, 2022

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THANK YOU! 

 

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New Here ,
Apr 12, 2019 Apr 12, 2019

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Great solution, thank you.

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Nov 15, 2019 Nov 15, 2019

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Thanks, this worked for me!

Kind of ridiculous that it takes so many steps for such a simple change. I don't even know how some of my text boxes got changed to Hindi. Makes no sense... then the dictionary doesn't work right... then I have to do this ridiculous workaround. DOH! Thank you though, solved my problem 🙂

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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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Wow, thanks!

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Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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You are BRILLIANT!! Thank you for this. I knew I should not have to change all 167 text boxes or 23 styles individually. I am forever in your debt. (In my case the template I used had it all in Spanish so even my cross referencing was in Spanish and nothing else would change all!)

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Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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@Josh_Harwood you are the one I am thanking here. 

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May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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My hair grows grey thinking that people set-up documents like on a typewriter. One of the worst sins is not setting the correct language. You can even include non-standard dictionaries, as InDesign uses Hunspell, which is great because even exotic language dictionaries are available.

As stated before, the language of InDesign text is an attribute that is attached to the character. You should set the language as a paragraph style parameter at the very beginning of your work. The language style setting does not only influence the dictionary, but also the hyphenation rules, quotes etc.

If you have, inside a paragraph, a few words of some different language, you should use a character style to mark up those words.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Dec 13, 2017 Dec 13, 2017

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What if I need accents on my text for words in the Hawaiian Language? Hawaiian is not an option in advanced character format. I do not need it to translate, I just want to properly write the words with their typographical mark. For example aina needs to be 'āina.

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Dec 13, 2017 Dec 13, 2017

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if Hawaiian is not an option, you cannot spellcheck, but you still can write the language. And there is an option to install a hunspell dictionnary, if you have one. I think, Mozilla has pretty a lot of dictionaries. I’ve read once an article installing a Luxembourgish hunspell-dictionary to Indesign. If that could help you, I will try to find it back.

You only need the correct character set for this and most probably a keyboard to help you inputing those characters. I’ve typeset Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Turkish and Russian by simply doing copy/paste of the translations of my text I got from the translators in Word. Languages that cannot be checked may be marked with “none”. Works ok for me.

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Dec 13, 2017 Dec 13, 2017

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taywray88  wrote

... I do not need it to translate,

Good! Because that"s not what this discussion is about, and it's not what applying the correct language to your text does. It's only for correct hyphenation and for spell checking. You can type any character you want, regardless of the applied language.

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Dec 14, 2017 Dec 14, 2017

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If styles were not used, change the language on the Basic Paragraph style in the Paragraph Style panel. (Do this anyway even if styles were used.)

If Styles were used, I would not use Find & Change. Hopefully based-on styles were used. Look at the styles panels and track down the "parent" styles. Change them and any based-on styles will change too. (If based-on setting is set to No Paragraph Style, you will have to change the language on a style-by-style basis.)

David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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