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Spell check not working in Word

Spell check not working in Word

It's frustrating when spell check is not working in Word. Here's a couple of easy things you can do to get it working again.

Spell check on individual text styles

Sometimes the spell check not working can stem from a simple setting not checked in one of the template (or document) Styles. You can check Styles either individually or do a Find and Replace search.

To check individual Styles:

  • Right-click on a Style (Heading 1 is the example here) in the Styles gallery (or the Styles pane if preferred) and select Modify.

Spell check not working in Word. Modify a Style via the Styles gallery or the Styles pane.
Modify a Style via the Styles gallery or the Styles pane.

  • In the Modify Style dialog box, click the Format button, then select Language.

Spell check not working in Word. The Language setting is found under the Format button.
The Language setting is found under the Format button.

  • In the Language dialog box, Mark selected text as the language you want, e.g. English (Australia), then make sure is NOT selected.

Spell check not working in Word. The Language dialog box.
The Language dialog box.

  • Click OK, then OK again.

Set the Proofing Language

If you’re still having problems, try this:

  • Press Ctrl + A to select everything in the document.
  • On the Review tab in the Language group, click the Language button and select Set Proofing Language.

Spell check not working in Word. The Set Proofing Language setting.
The Set Proofing Language setting.

  • In the Language dialog box, Mark selected text as the language you want, e.g., English (Australia), then make sure Do not check spelling or grammar is NOT selected.
  • Click OK.

Spell check not working in Word. Make sure Do not check spelling or grammar' is NOT selected.
Make sure 'Do not check spelling or grammar' is NOT selected.

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