Language is a character attribute in InDesign. It's not a global setting.
It can be set in paragraph and character styles (Advanced Character Formats), or locally in the Control panel in Character mode with the Type tool is selected. (This is because you may have multiple language text within a document.)
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I just found the solution to help you (next time), you can easily convert multiple textframes between two languages using the "Find/Change" feature.
- Edit > Find/Change
- Click the magnify icon next to "Find Format" and then "Change Format":
- Define the Find attributes, choose ‘Advanced Character Formats’. Change the language to “English: UK”.
- Define the Change attributes, choose ‘Advanced Character Formats’. Change the language to “French”
- Check the format settings are correct, e.g. "+ language: English: UK" and "+ language: French".
- Press "Change All"
No, not so.
Work with Paragraph Styles. Change the language of the Paragraph Styles in Extended Character Attributes.
My hair grows grey thinking that people set-up documents like on a typewriter. One of the worst sins is not setting the correct language. You can even include non-standard dictionaries, as InDesign uses Hunspell, which is great because even exotic language dictionaries are available.
As stated before, the language of InDesign text is an attribute that is attached to the character. You should set the language as a paragraph style parameter at the very beginning of your work. The language style setting does not only influence the dictionary, but also the hyphenation rules, quotes etc.
If you have, inside a paragraph, a few words of some different language, you should use a character style to mark up those words.
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Find/Change in Grep
In the Change Format section - select your language