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How to Fix Spell Check Not Working in Microsoft Word


Sometimes you will observe that your Microsoft spell check is not working. This is simply because some words you used are tagged as incorrect by seeing some red lines under the word or you are seeing some wrongful misspellings missed by spell check which will definitely warrant some investigation from you on the issue. In this article, I will show you How to fix Spell Check Not Working in Microsoft Word. Here are some interesting articles: How to Disable Cloud-Based Spell Checker in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome and How to Integrate Grammarly in Microsoft Word on Mac.

There is no obvious solution to this issue, but it is possible you could have disabled the feature by mistake, so what you need to do is troubleshoot and find the cause of the problem.

Steps to Fix Spell Check Not Working in Microsoft Word

1. Check the spelling and grammar settings in Word. Open Microsoft Word and navigate to File > More > Options.


2. Inside the Word Options box, select Proofing.

When correcting spelling in Microsoft Office programs section you can check these boxes Ignore words in UPPERCASE, Ignore words that contain numbers, Ignore internet and file addresses, Flag repeated words.

When correcting spelling and grammar in Word. Make sure that the Check spelling as you type and Mark grammar errors as you type boxes are checked. 

These two options will enable Word to mark errors as you type and suggest corrections instantly. You can also check the box for Check grammar with spelling.


3. Check the language settings in Word:

Select the text that you want to check for errors or If you want to check the whole document use Ctrl + A to select it all.

On the ribbon bar, click the Review tab and click Language > Set Proofing Language.


4. Language Box

In the Language box. Confirm the language you are using for your document is already selected.

Confirm the "Do not check spelling or grammar" box is not checked. Click OK to apply your changes.

5.    Check for proofing exceptions in Word

Please note that sometimes proofing exceptions added by you or someone else may cause spell check not to work properly. These exceptions will always override the default settings and prevent Word from checking your document for errors.

Open Microsoft Word and navigate to File > More > Options > Proofing. Under the Exceptions for: uncheck the two boxes.


FAQs relating to fixing Spell Check Not Working in Microsoft Word

Why is spell check not working in part of my document?

Select File > More> Options > Proofing. Make sure that the Check spelling as you type check box is selected in the When correcting spelling and grammar in the Word section. Make sure that all checkboxes are not selected in the Exception for section.

How do I change my Word spelling to English UK?

Select File > More> Options > Language. Under Office authoring languages and proofing, make sure the language you want to use for authoring your document is listed. If the language is not showing you can add a language and set it as preferred.

I hope you found this blog post on how to Fix Spell Check Not Working in Microsoft Word Interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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