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5 ways to fix spell check in Microsoft Word when it isn’t working

word documentThere may be a few different issues preventing spell check in Word from working properly.

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  • If Microsoft Word’s spell check isn’t working, make sure the correct language is selected in Options.
  • Also ensure that “Check spelling as you type” is enabled and there isn’t a spell check exception for your selected document. 
  • Here are five of the most common troubleshooting tricks to fix spell check problems in Word.

Spell check is an indispensable part of the modern office — misspellings are virtually a thing of the past as long as you pay attention to the recommendations of the spell check feature in Word. Sometimes, though, spell checking doesn’t seem to work properly, leaving you vulnerable to ugly and embarrassing errors. Here’s how to take control and fix Word when spell check is not working. 

Make sure the correct language is selected

1. In Word, click File and then, in the pane on the left, click Options

2. In the Word Options window, click Language

3. In the Office authoring language and proofing section, make sure that your language is installed. If you don’t see it, click Add a language and choose it from the list. 

4. When you’re done, click OK

Language options in Microsoft Word.Occasionally, spell check might not work properly because Word is configured for the wrong proofing language.

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Turn on ‘Check spelling as you type’

Once you’ve ensured you’re spell checking with the correct language, make sure that automatic spell check is actually turned on.

1. In Word, click File and then, in the pane on the left, click Options

2. In the Word Options window, click Proofing

3. In the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section, make sure that Check spelling as you type and Mark grammar errors as you type are both checked. 

4. Click OK

Proofing options in Microsoft Word.Make sure that Word is configured to check spelling as you type.

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Disable spelling exceptions

Even if all the other settings are properly configured, Word might not check spelling for specific documents if they are set as exceptions to spell checking. Turn off these exceptions. 

1. In Word, click File and then, in the pane on the left, click Options

2. In the Word Options window, click Proofing

3. Scroll to the bottom and in the Exceptions for section, make sure that there are no checkmarks for Hide spelling errors in this document only and Hide grammar errors in this document only

4. Click OK

Proofing options in Microsoft Word.If your document is set up with a spelling exception, Word won’t spell check it automatically.

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Disable conflicting add-ins

It’s possible that there are add-ins installed in Word which are preventing Word’s spell check from working properly — especially other spell checking tools, like Grammarly.

1. In Word, click File and then, in the pane on the left, click Options

2. In the Word Options window, click Add-ins

3. Find any suspect add-ins. Click one you want to remove and then click Go

4. Click the add-in and then click Remove

5. Repeat this process for any other add-ins you want to remove from Word. 

Make sure proofing tools are installed

If you can’t set some of the options listed above, or those features don’t seem to have any effect, it’s possible that Word’s proofing tools might not be installed. Here’s how to check.

1. Close all Office programs, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook. 

2. Click Start and then type “uninstall.” Click Add or remove programs when you see it in the search results. 

3. Find your installation of Microsoft Office and choose Change or Modify

Add or remove programs in WIndows settings.You can modify your Office or Word setup to ensure Proofing Tools are installed on your computer.

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4. Click Add or Remove Features.

5. In Installation Options, expand the option for Proofing Tools and then choose Run all from My Computer

Quick tip: If you don’t have the option to change or modify your installation of Office, all these features are installed in your version of Word and you don’t need to do this troubleshooting step. 

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