{jcomments on}afrikaansTyping out an Afrikaans document in MS Word with your language and country settings set on English doesn’t do much to improve your love for MS Word. The answer is to load the Afrikaans language pack and setup MS Word to be able to assist you in creating an “ordentlike dokument”.

Step 1 (Stap Een)

Visit the Microsoft site and download the Afrikaans Language Pack from:

Once you select Afrikaans (close to the bottom of the list) you can then click the “download” button. This takes you to the “aflaaisentrum” and gives you a summary at the top of the page that says:

“Snelbeskrywing – Die Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2010 – Afrikaans verskaf ‘n Afrikaanse gebruikerskoppelvlak vir baie Microsoft Office 2010-programme.”

Which gives you that “warm and fuzzy” feeling as you now know you have the right web page!

At the bottom of this page download the file:
languageinterfacepack-x86-af-za.exe – This is for 32Bit Office versions – there is also a 64Bit version.

Once downloaded, install this program on your computer.


Step 2 (Stap Twee)

Next open MS Word and click “File”, “Options” and “Language”.

1. In the Choose Editing Language section at the top, click the dropdown to choose another language and select “Afrikaans” and click the “Add” button.
2. Once added, click on the “Not Enabled” and change that to “Enabled”.
3. You will then have to restart Ms Word for the changes to take effect.


You can also have all the menus and descriptions in Afrikaans by changing you “kies skerm en hulp” default to Afrikaans.


So there you have it, you can setup your entire MS Word to be in Afrikaans and for ons Egelsmanne jy kan kies om net die spel and taal gebruik en die res van MS Word can operate in English.

Contributed by:
Malcolm Pearson





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