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Old 04-13-2019, 11:31 PM
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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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Old 04-15-2019, 09:32 AM
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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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Hi Charles
I would really like those Macros. I thought I had cracked Spellcheck after your previous reply - only to discover that I hadn't, really. I write a weekly newsletter which, when I publish it, is added to a long Word document containing all previous editions.

I've just finished this week's, with no apparent spelling errors in it. Then I cut and pasted it over into the "previous editions" document to find five! There must be something different about the spelling and language settings in the two documents but I can't for the life of me see what it is.

I realise I could solve the problem entirely by making a copy of the document that highlights spelling errors, removing the content and using it as a template for future documents but that seems a long-winded way of doing things.
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Here are the macros. You may need to change the language to suit.


The first one deals with styles.

Code:
Sub StyleEnglishUK()
'   Written 21 March 2018
'   Charles Kenyon
'   Intended to set all styles to EnglishUK, proofing, not automatitically update
'   Language IDs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/off...d.wdlanguageid
'
    Dim aStyle As Style
    On Error Resume Next ' Some styles have no language attribute and will give an error
    For Each aStyle In ActiveDocument.Styles
        Select Case aStyle.NameLocal
            Case "TOC 1", "TOC 2", "TOC 3", "TOC 4", "TOC 5", "TOC 6", "TOC 7", "TOC 8", "TOC 9"
                Let aStyle.AutomaticallyUpdate = True
            Case Else
                Let aStyle.AutomaticallyUpdate = False
        End Select
        aStyle.LanguageID = wdEnglishUK
        aStyle.NoProofing = False
    Next 'aStyle
    ActiveDocument.UpdateStylesOnOpen = False ' For information on using this line, see:
'       http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/shar...matchange.html
    On Error GoTo 0
End Sub
Here is the one for the language in the document.
Code:
Sub ProofingLanguageEnglishUKAllStory()    ' based on field updater by Greg Maxey
    ' https://gregmaxey.com/word_tip_pages/word_fields.html
    ' Charles Kenyon 6 November 2018
    ' https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...0-5620d0208294
    ' Changes proofing language to English UK in all stories of document
    ' Language IDs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/off...d.wdlanguageid
    Dim rngStory As Word.range
    Dim lngValidate As Long ' do not know purpose of this
    Dim oShp As Shape
    lngValidate = ActiveDocument.Sections(1).Headers(1).range.StoryType
    For Each rngStory In ActiveDocument.StoryRanges
      'Iterate through all linked stories
      Do
        On Error Resume Next
        rngStory.LanguageID = wdEnglishUK
        Select Case rngStory.StoryType
          Case 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
            If rngStory.ShapeRange.Count > 0 Then
              For Each oShp In rngStory.ShapeRange
                If oShp.TextFrame.HasText Then
                   oShp.TextFrame.TextRange.LanguageID = wdEnglishUK
                End If
              Next
            End If
          Case Else
            'Do Nothing
        End Select
        On Error GoTo 0
        'Get next linked story (if any)
        Set rngStory = rngStory.NextStoryRange
      Loop Until rngStory Is Nothing
      Next
End Sub
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