Spell Checker does not recognize misspelled words in Word 2010

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asked Feb 18, 2015 by anonymous


You face either of the following problems:

  • Problem 1:

Spell Checker does not identify misspelled words in Word 2010

  • Problem 2:

When you click the Spelling & Grammar button in the Proofing group on the Review tab in Word 2010, you are responded by one of the following messages:

  • The spelling and grammar check is complete.
  • Proofing Tools are not installed for default language, try re-installing proofing tools.



To resolve this issue, complete the following methods in the order in which they are presented. If you have previously tried one of these methods, and it did not help to resolve the issue, you can skip that method and proceed to the next one.

  • Method 1 : Install proofing tools

To install the proofing tools, follow these steps:


  1. Close all programs.
  2. Go to Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Follow the appropriate step for your operating system:
  • In Windows 7, click Uninstall a program under Programs.
  • In Windows Vista, double-click Programs and Features.
  • In earlier versions of Windows, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  1. Click Microsoft Office Edition, and then click Change.
  2. In the Microsoft Office Edition dialog box, click Add or Remove Features, and then click Continue.
  3. Expand Office Shared Features, click the icon to the left of Proofing Tools, and then click Run all from My Computer.


  • Method 2: Enable the speller EN-US add-in

To enable the add-in, follow these steps:


  1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.
  2. On the left, click Add-Ins.
  3. At the bottom of the Word Options dialog box, click the drop-down arrow under Manage, change the selection from COM Add-ins to Disabled items, and then click Go.
  4. In the Disabled Items dialog box, check whether Speller EN-US (nlsdata0009.dll) is available in the Select the ones you which to re-enable box.
  5. If Speller EN-US (nlsdata0009.dll) is listed, click it, and then click Enable.
  6. Click Close, and then click OK.


  • Method 3: Enable Check Spelling as you type

To enable spell check as you type, follow these steps:


  1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.
  2. In the Word Options dialog box, click Proofing.
  3. Ensure that the Check spelling as you type check box is selected in the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section.
  4. Ensure that all check boxes are cleared in the Exception for section.
  5. Click OK.



  • Method 4: Select language and clear "Do not check spelling or grammar"

To clear the "Do not check spelling or grammar check box, follow these steps:


  1. Select the entire contents of the document.
  2. On the Review tab, click Language in the Language group, and then click Set Proofing Language.
  3. In the Language dialog box, choose the language that you want.
  4. If the Do not check spelling or grammar check box is selected, click to clear the check box.
  5. Click OK.



  • Method 5: Modify the registry

Follow these steps:


  1. Go to Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Run box, type regedit, and then press Enter.
  3. Find and then right-click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Proofing Tools\1.0\Override

  1. Click Delete.
  2. Exit Registry Editor.
  3. Exit and then restart Word.

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