Office ScreenTips in other languages

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A free way to show Microsoft Office help in other languages

Office Screentips is a way to show tooltips for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other programs.

This free addon from Microsoft doesn’t interfere with how the programs work or the wording of the tabs and ribbons. Only the tooltips that appear when you hover your mouse are changed to a different language.

Here’s standard English Word 2013 with Arabic Screentips installed. image from Office ScreenTips in other languages at

Screentips are handy if you have to use Office in a fixed language, which is the case in many large organizations. Install Screentips for an alternate language that you prefer. You can also install Screentips with a temporary or roaming Office install.

You install and uninstall Screentips for a single language separately from Office itself. Screentips are only available for Office 2010 and Office 2013.


Go to ScreenTips for Office 2010 or ScreenTips for Office 2013 and choose the language you want from the pull-down list at the top of the page. Ignore the confusing links under ‘Details’ on the main page. image from Office ScreenTips in other languages at

Then install the downloaded file. The tooltips should appear in Office right away and without restarting the Office applications.

Office 2013 users note that there’s a separate Screentips Service Pack 1 update. After installing the main Screentip download, go to the SP1 update pages – 32-bit or 64-bit, select the same language, download and apply the update. The SP1 ScreenTip downloads are about the same size as the original downloads so they are probably complete replacements but you have to download both packages and install in the correct order.

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