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Language versions and language interface packs in Office 2013

Published: October 2, 2012

Summary: Learn about integrating multiple languages in Office 2013 and installing language interface packs.

Applies to:  Office 2013 | Office 365 ProPlus 

Audience: IT Professionals

An installation of Office 2013 can include applications or user interface elements in more than one language because some Office 2013 products are not available in every language.

This article describes the language versions that are available for a subset of Office 2013 applications, the Office 2013 applications that will work with Language Interface Packs, and the recommended base languages to install for Office 2013 Language Interface Packs.

Important Important:

This article describes methods of deploying and managing language packs for the Windows Installer-based (MSI) delivery format of Office 2013, which is available for enterprise organizations through volume licensing. If you have an Office subscription and you are deploying Office 365 ProPlus (which uses the Click-to-Run delivery format), see Plan for multilanguage deployment of Click-to-Run-based Office installations.

In this article:

Applications and language availability

In some non-English language versions of Office 2013, a specific Office 2013 application may not be available. For example, Access 2013 is not available in Hindi. Therefore, the Hindi language version of Office 2013 is installed in English.

Some Office applications are not available in some languages. Project 2013, Visio 2013, and SharePoint Designer 2013 are available in a subset of languages, as shown in the following table.

Language availability for the 2013 versions of Project, Visio, and SharePoint Designer

Language Project 2013 Visio 2013 SharePoint Designer 2013

Arabic

yes

yes

yes

Brazilian

yes

yes

yes

Bulgarian

no

no

yes

Chinese - Simple

yes

yes

yes

Chinese - Traditional

yes

yes

yes

Croatian

no

no

yes

Czech

yes

yes

yes

Danish

yes

yes

yes

Dutch

yes

yes

yes

English

yes

yes

yes

Finnish

yes

yes

yes

French

yes

yes

yes

German

yes

yes

yes

Greek

yes

yes

yes

Hebrew

yes

yes

yes

Hindi

no

no

yes

Hungarian

yes

yes

yes

Italian

yes

yes

yes

Japanese

yes

yes

yes

Korean

yes

yes

yes

Norwegian (Bokmål)

yes

yes

yes

Polish

yes

yes

yes

Portuguese (European)

yes

yes

yes

Romanian

no

no

yes

Russian

yes

yes

yes

Serbian (Latin)

no

no

yes

Slovak

yes

yes

no

Slovenian

yes

yes

no

Spanish

yes

yes

yes

Swedish

yes

yes

yes

Thai

no

no

yes

Turkish

yes

yes

yes

Ukrainian

yes

yes

no

Language Interface Packs

For some languages, Microsoft localizes only some Office 2013 applications and releases them as Language Interface Packs (LIPs). These LIPs localize the user interface only, and not the Help content. Administrators must first install a fully localized base language version (see the table later in this section) of Office 2013, and then install the LIP. Users can then work in their preferred language in the following applications and features:

  • Excel 2013

  • OneNote 2013

  • Outlook 2013

  • PowerPoint 2013

  • Shared Office features

  • Word 2013

The remaining Office applications appear in the base Office 2013 installation language. The following table lists the base language for each LIP language.

Base languages available for Language Interface Packs

LIP language Base language

Afrikaans

English

Albanian

English

Amharic

English

Armenian

English

Assamese

English

Azerbaijani – Latin script

English

Bangla (Bangladesh)

English

Basque

Spanish

Belarusian

Russian

Bengali - India

English or Hindi

Bosnian - Latin script

English

Catalan

Spanish

Cherokee

English

Dari

English

Filipino

English

Galician

Spanish

Georgian

English

Gujarati

English

Hausa – Latin script

English

Icelandic

English

Igbo

English

Inuktitut – Latin script

English

Irish - Gaelic

English

isiXhosa

English

isiZulu

English

Kannada

English

Khmer

English

Ki'che

Spanish

Kinyarwanda

English

Kiswahili

English

Konkani

English

Kurdish

English

Krygyz

Russian

Luxembourgish

French

Macedonian (FYROM)

English

Malayalam

English

Maltese

English

Maori

English

Marathi

English

Mongolian - Cyrillic script

English

Nepali

English

Norwegian (Nynorsk)

Norwegian (Bokmål)

Odia

English

Persian (Farsi)

English

Punjabi (India)

English

Punjabi (Pakistan)

English

Quechua (Peru)

Spanish

Scottish Gaelic

English

Serbian – Cyrillic script

Serbian (Latin)

Serbian – Cyrillic script (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

English

Sesotho sa Leboa

English

Setswana

English

Sindhi (Pakistan)

English

Sinhala

English

Tajik

Russian

Tamil (India)

English

Tatar

Russian

Telugu

English

Turkmen

Russian

Urdu

English

Uyghur

Chinese (Simplified)

Uzbek – Latin script

English or Russian

Valencian

Spanish

Welsh

English

Wolof

French

Yoruba

English


For information about how to download LIPs, see Office Language Interface Pack (LIP) downloads.

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