What is the Office Language Interface Pack (LIP)?

  Not many people know about them but LIPs are a cool way to start using Office in your native language. The Office Language Interface Pack (LIP) is a translated skin that sits on top of a licensed copy of Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010 & 2013. You need at least a standard/Home & student version of Office or greater on your machine in order to install it. Once you install the LIP you can switch the language from your base language version of Office to the language of the LIP you installed through Microsoft Office Language settings and you will then see a translated user interface for the following Microsoft Office client programs: Excel, Outlook®, PowerPoint® , Word® & OneNote®. it also includes a speller for the LIP language. Other Office applications & server applications are not included as part of the Office Language Interface Pack. When using the Office LIPs you can switch between Base language and LIP language "on the fly" should you wish to do so. Microsoft also creates Windows Language Interface Packs. Like the Office LIP, it is a translated skin that sits on top of a licensed copy of Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7. You can find an overview of Office LIPs here . You can also find some Office LIP download, installation and configuration settings here.

Where to get the Office Language Interface Packs?  

The Office LIPs are available for free from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/HA011133501033.aspx . For Office 2003 it is available in 33 languages. For Office 2007 it is available in 55 languages. The Office 2010 LIPs are available in 55 languages. And Office 2013 LIPs are available in 65 languages.

Office Language Interface Pack Spellers 

In most cases, the Office LIP also contains a speller for the language which is included in the download.
Office Language Interface Pack User Assistance
User assistance or help (F1) is not translated into the LIP language - it will always remain in the language of your original Office installation. Some languages also have some downloadable help files on the download page such as a getting started guide or Powerpoint templates. These types of help files are translated and can be downloaded to your computer.
Microsoft's Local Language Program 
The Office LIP is part of Microsoft's Local Language Program. As part of this program Microsoft partners with governments, language authorities, universities, and local partners to translate software in more languages. In the Local Language Program, Microsoft strives to find new ways to create economic opportunities, develop customized IT solutions, and preserve local languages and cultures.

Note: The Base language I refer to above means any language that has a standard version Office. LIPs will work on any of these, however, in most cases the base language will be English. For example, if I am an Welsh speaker the likelihood is I will have a standard version of Office in English, I can then install a Welsh LIP over my English version so the User Interface for the main Office client applications will appear in Welsh. Similarly if I am a Catalan speaker I will most likely have a standard version of Office client in Spanish. I can then install the Catalan LIP over my Spanish version of Office so the User Interface will appear in Catalan.


Comments (9)

  1. Qutus says:

    Hi Leo There is no such things as a Spanish Office Language Interface pack. There is a Spanish language pack alright which will allow you to change your user interface to Spanish. You can purchase this normally at a cost of $25. You need to ensure your
    original English Office version matches the version Spanish Language pack. So if you have English Office 2010 then you need to purchase a Spanish Office 2010 language pack. If you want to know the difference between an Office Language pack and an Office Language
    Interface pack then please read this post http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_language_interface_pack/archive/2008/10/16/what-is-the-difference-between-an-office-language-interface-pack-and-an-office-language-pack.aspx . Hope this helps Qutus

  2. Qutus says:

    Hi Clare,

    The Office 2010 Language Interface Pack for Afrikaans has now released and can be found at


  3. Qutus says:

    Hi Phil,

    There is no Language Interface Pack (LIP) for English. If you want to install and use English Office you need to purchase an English Language Pack at a cost of £20. You can purchase the English language pack by going to

    http://www7.buyoffice.microsoft.com/emea1/product.aspx?sku=10234565&cache=-760670295&plang=en&culture=en-GB and choosing  the "Buy now" button and then going through the purchase process.

    I hope this helps!

  4. Qutus says:

    Hi Jason,

    Unfortunately the Office Language Interface Pack does not change your User Interface for Project 2010. The Office Language Interface Pack is only for the following applications in 2010: Excel, Onenote, Outlook, Powerpoint and Word.

    However, you could buy an Office language Pack for £20 from
    pack and it will allow you to change the User Interface and Help of Microsoft Project 2010 to the language you purchased.

    If you want to know the difference between a LIP and a language pack please visit

    . While the content on that page is 2007 specific it still holds true in 2010.

    I hope this helps!


  5. Qutus says:

    Hi Clare,

    The Language Interface Pack for Afrikaans is a work in progress. I cannot divulge the exact release date I am afraid but it is hoped will be some time in late 2011

  6. phil says:

    hy i got a ofice program in german but i need it in english . But ther is no english LIP . So how chan i change my office to english?

  7. Clare says:

    When will the language pack for Afrikaans be available for Office 2010?

  8. Jason says:

    Hi is LIP applicable for ms project 2010

  9. Leo says:

    Hi, I'm looking for a spanish LIP and don't find it here, I have my office in english and want to change it but the web page is asking me to purchase the entire office again!!


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