Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 7, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365
Allan quite often copies and pastes into Word from other documents and from web pages. When he pastes such content, he has to select what he pasted and then format it as UK English. (Word seems to default on his system to US English.) Allan wonders if there is a way to paste and have Word automatically format what he's pasting as UK English so that he doesn't have to go through the extra step.
In Word, the language associated with text is considered a format of that text, just like bold, italic, or font size. This means that if you have text you want to use a particular language when you paste it, the easiest way is to follow these two general steps:
The drawback to this approach, of course, is that any other formatting in the text being copied is lost when the pasting is complete. This means you'll need to go back and reapply any formatting you want in the pasted text. Because of that drawback, you may decide it is easier to change the language after pasting than it is to change the other formatting—the decision is going to depend entirely on the nature of what you are pasting and the results you hope to achieve.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13512) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365.
Learning Made Easy! Quickly teach yourself how to format, publish, and share your content using Word 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace, building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Check out Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step today!
Need to format a paragraph (or some selected text) so that it is a language other than English? You can do so easily by ...Discover More
Word supports a number of different languages for documents you create. If you need to routinely change the language used ...Discover More
Want to convert your usage of Word from one language to another? It's not as easy as one would hope, as you'll discover ...Discover More
FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."
Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.
Visit the WordTips channel on YouTube