Language auto detect now available (again)

When we switched over to using the new editor for Outlook 2016 for Mac, we lost the ability to detect languages automatically. We've received a lot of feedback, and we recently released the fix in our latest update version 15.28 (Build 161115) released on 11/15/2016.

  • Use Help > Check for Updates from any of the Office 2016 apps to get the latest build.
  • If for some reason you can’t update via Help, you can manually download and install the new build from this article.

If you are an Office Insider, you might have noticed that this feature is turned on in version 15.29 (Office Insider Fast level). Please note that some Insiders have had trouble seeing this feature and this will be resolved in upcoming 15.29 build.

Lastly, after updating, you may notice that enabling this feature has a different workflow from the previous mail editor.

 To turn on automatic language detection, follow the steps below:

  1. Close Outlook if you have it open.
  2. Open System Preferences and click the Language & Region icon.


  3. In the Language & Region dialog box, add your preferred languages


  4. Open Outlook and start a new email. Then go to Edit > Language > Language… to open the Language dialog box.


  5. In the Language dialog, check the box next to “Detect language automatically” and click OK


  6. Compose a new email and language will be automatically detected. Note: You’ll need to type in the full sentence for the language detection to work, such as ending the sentence with a punctuation mark or start the next paragraph.


We really appreciate your patience as we roll this out!

Comments (2)

  1. Al Martins says:

    On Powerpoint one may set the language for future presentations but not much can be done for existing presentations. Setting language does not help as automated is default for Powerpoint. A thorough spell check is not feasible. I would appreciate a solution for this productivity issue.

  2. Jay says:

    How come auto detect language is not available for PC using Office 2016? It’s available for MAC. why not PC?

    It a bit annoying to use Google translate/Spelling every time I need to send something in a language other than English.

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