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  1. #1

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    Oct 25, 2011
    MS Word for Mac spellcheck problem

    I run an iMac currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8, which I bought (big mistake, everything now runs much more slowly) as a prelude to buying Lion (I didn't bother, having read so many lousy reviews).

    I also run MS Word for Mac 12.3.1 on which - today - spellcheck seems to have stopped working. I can enter any garbage I like in a doc, spellcheck will ignore it totally. I have looked at my 'spelling and grammar' preferences and the following boxes are ticked (checked):

    • Check spelling as you type
    • Always suggest corrections
    • Ignore words in UPPERCASE
    • Ignore words with numbers
    • Ignore internet and file addresses

    Can anyone suggest a fix? I tried a re-boot to see if it was a temporary glitch but that did not result in any change.


    [Later edit: On further investigation the problem seems to be limited to a single document. On the one hand that's good to know, on the other hand the document in question is a university essay! I will log further developments as they happen.]

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Aug 21, 2010
    Did you work this one out?

    I had the same problem - also with a single doc.... The issue occurs when you copy/paste stuff from another doc that has different prefs set.

    Go the the doc, highlight all, go to tools / language and de-select 'do not check for spelling or grammar' (mine was neither blank, nor checked, it had a - in the box meaning the preferences were out of synch)

    I had previously sent my doc to our IT guys (who run PCs) and the same doc worked fine on theirs, so it does appear to be a mac specific issue


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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    Latest version is 12.3.3 for Office 2008. Download and see if there is an improvement. If not, use the uninstaller in 2008 to remove and do a clean install and update.

    Microsoft Office for Mac Downloads and Updates | Office For Mac
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Oct 25, 2011
    Thanks for the info. Rather than finding the solution myself, the problem simply hasn't occurred since and I forgot about it. I'll take a note of your advice.

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