[SOLVED] Word 2010 – Spell check not working

When Microsoft Word 2010 refuses to spell check it’s usually because it’s been disabled for the selected language in the particular document.

Some templates have this option enabled by design to hide the red or green underlines for words that aren’t in the default dictionary. This can result in spelling and grammar mistakes being released in the final document.

How to enable spell checking for a particular document

  1. Open the word document which is failing to spell check
  2. Select all text by pressing Ctrl + A on the keyboard
  3. Select the ‘Review’ tab at the top of the window
  4. Click on the ‘Language‘ button then select ‘Set Proofing Language’
  5. Ensure that ‘English (Australia)’ is selected and the ‘Do not check spelling or grammar’ option is not selected
  6. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes

If this doesn’t resolve the spell checking issues you may need to enable spell checking from the options menu.

  1. With Microsoft Word open, select the ‘File’ menu then select ‘Options’
  2. Select ‘Proofing’ from the left hand menu
  3. Under ‘Exceptions for’ ensure that both options are not enabled.

How to enable spell checking for all new documents

  1. With Microsoft Word open, select the ‘File’ menu then select ‘Options’
  2. Select ‘Proofing’ from the left hand menu
  3. Under ‘Exceptions for’ select ‘All New Documents’
  4. Ensure that both options are not enabled

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One comment on “[SOLVED] Word 2010 – Spell check not working

  1. I just discovered another bug that may be of help to some who are having this problem. If you look at the language configuration page shown on point #7 above, there are three ways to get to options for setting language and making sure that “Do not check spelling . . .” is unchecked. The most common way is to go to File/Options, etc. and most troubleshooting websites tell you to go there only to learn that the problem is not solved. The only way that works is how Adrian Gordon suggests. Go to the Review tab on the ribbon and select Language. Remember this fix. If you work with a lot of formatted documents, the problem is sure to return.

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