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Old 04-13-2019, 11:31 PM
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Default Spell check won't work in Word 2019

I've just started using a new version of Word - Word 2019 - and I can't get the spell check to work properly.



I'm used to words spelt wrongly having a line underneath them in the document, so I can immediately spot them and correct them. That's not happening. And if I go to "Tools", then "Language" and untick the box which says "Do not check spelling or grammar" it still doesn't work!

I can go to "Review" and click on "spelling and grammar" there but that's really plonky because it goes back to the top of the document when I might be working much further down it. Why aren't mis-spelt words just highlighted any more and what can I do about it?
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That box you untick is not a document setting, it is not a setting for Word in general, it applies to selected text, at the character level.

Mastering the Spelling Checker by Suzanne Barnhill, MVP

Try selecting some text that is obviously misspelled. Uncheck the "do not check" box. What happens?

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A really useful article - but why oh why does Microsoft make a simple thing like spell check so damn complicated that it requires a long article like this?
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Your question may have been rhetorical, but no one here works for Microsoft, so we can't tell how they were thinking when they designed the spellcheck feature.
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A really useful article - but why oh why does Microsoft make a simple thing like spell check so damn complicated that it requires a long article like this?
That is the article on the subject and has been years in the making. Spell check has been like that since at least Word 97.

So, what happened when you selected the misspelled text and checked the language setting?
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If you need them, I have a pair of macros that:
  1. Sets the proofing language for everything in a document to the language you want, and another that
  2. Sets the proofing language in all styles that can hold such a setting for the language you want.
I haven't tested them on a Mac, but there is no reason they should not work and no one else has told me that they do not.
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