Spell check not working in Word

It can be frustrating when the spell check is not working in Word. We’ve had a couple of instances where the spell check didn’t work in one or two of our templates. Here’s how we fixed the problem …

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.
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    Modify a Style via the Styles gallery or the Styles pane.

  • In the Modify Style dialog box, click the Format button, then select Language.
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    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 Do not check spelling or grammar is not selected.
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    Make sure ‘Do not check spelling or grammar’ is NOT checked.

  • 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.
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    The Set Proofing Language setting in on the Review tab.

  • 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.

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    Make sure ‘Do not check spelling or grammar’ is NOT checked.

  • Click OK.

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