Getting the language of Office

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/01/17 05:01 -05:00, original URI:

Sunil Virami asked in the newsgroup:


Is it possible to find out which language version of MS office is installed on the current system.
i.e whether it is japanese office, english office, chinese office or some other language.

How can i find it out using the code ?

Sunil Virmani

There is actually a property that was added to the Application object of all of the Office applications back in the Office 2000 timeframe -- the LanguageSettings property. It returns a copy of the LanguageSettings object which can be used to retrieve any of the following:

Pretty much more than you ever needed to know about the language version of Office (though the heavy dependence on LCIDs is a little disappointing; we'll need to work on that!).


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# Luke Amery on 17 Jan 2006 10:59 PM:

Pardon my ignorance, but why so down on LCIDs? is it a human readable thing? or is there a technical problem with them - like ELKs don't use them or some such?

# Michael S. Kaplan on 17 Jan 2006 11:45 PM:

Hi Luke!

I would not call it ignorance. There are lots of problems with LCIDs, like their proprietary nature and the lack of extensibility (plus we are running out of room -- see for more on that issue!).

In the long run, we need people to move away from them to deal with all of the issues.

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