How can I spellcheck using two languages simultaneously?

Elizabeth W 0 Reputation points

I have 100s of documents where each document has 100s of sentence that alternate between Spanish and English. I want to spellcheck in English and Spanish without highlighting each sentence and specifying the applicable language for that text (extremely tedious). I don't want to turn spellcheck off.

Potential Solution #1) Install a combined Spanish-English word-database/dictionary so that words from both languages are simultaneous recognized (a merged dictionary with words from both the current Spanish and current English dictionaries) .

Potential Solution #2) Have the ability to simultaneous spellcheck against 2 different word-databases (eg, check against English and check against Spanish within the same document without having to highlight text and choose language for each section. (Perhaps this options is available but I can't activate it?)

Potential Solution #3) Have Word automatically recognize the language for text that "rapidly" alternates between languages. As it stands now, there is red underlined text all over the place. (This would be a Microsoft fix.)

None of these options seem to be available so I am left with the tedious task of manually specifying language (ie, hundreds of wasted hours). Please help.

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  1. Charles Kenyon 2,056 Reputation points

    You need to have the appropriate proofing language applied to your text. One of the simplest ways to do this is to use styles that have a language component.

    Using Styles for Proofing Language Settings

    You can assign keyboard shortcuts to styles, as well.

    Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts in Microsoft Word

    While Word does have a setting to automatically detect language, I do not recommend using it. Word often guesses wrong with this setting.

    Note: This is not the place to make suggestions to Microsoft. It is a user-to-user support forum. If you want Microsoft people who can make changes to see something, use the Feedback mechanisms.

    How to Give Feedback About Microsoft Products