Fix Spell Check not Working Issue with Microsoft® Outlook 2003
Microsoft Outlook 2003 is an e-mail client that comes with better features and options for handling the different e-mail accounts of the users. The features include Address Book, Messaging Rules, Special Folders, etc. It can support different e-mail protocols including POP3, IMAP, and HTTP. The multiple support of different e-mails allows the users to manage their different e-mails with the same interface and controls. It is a corporate software and is a part of Microsoft Office. Other features include Calendar, Tasks, Journal, Automatic Backup, Spell Checker, etc. The Spell Check feature is actually a built-in add-in that automatically checks for spelling mistakes in the user inputted texts and indicates the errors by drawing red lines beneath the texts.
Given below are features and benefits of Spell Check and ways to fix the issues associated with it:
- Benefits of Spell Check
- Ways to enable Spell Check
- Disabled Proofing
Benefits of Spell Check
Spell Check is a useful feature in Microsoft Outlook 2003 that helps the users to be notified of spelling mistakes in the text they type. Spell Check works silently in the background and detects the spelling mistakes as the user types. It helps users by allowing them to reduce the time and effort required to find the spelling errors in the e-mails they just typed.
Ways to Enable Spell Check
Spell Check will be enabled in Microsoft Outlook 2003 by default. In case it is disabled, you can easily re-enable it. Open Microsoft Outlook 2003 and open the ‘Tools’ menu. Now select ‘Options’ and select the tab named as ‘Spelling’. Mark the checkbox near 'Always check spelling before sending' and click ‘OK’. The spell check will now be enabled in Microsoft Outlook 2003.
At times, the spell check might stop working or detecting the errors in the spelling. This can happen due to several reasons. One important thing to be noted is that Spell Check is actually a feature in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook 2003 uses Microsoft Word for spell checking. The first thing to do when Spell Check stops working is to check whether it is working in Microsoft Word. Sometimes an add-in called 'Proofing' may be disabled in Microsoft Word. The Spell Check won’t work as long as the Proofing add-in is disabled. To enable it, open Microsoft Word and open ‘Word Options’ from the ‘File’ menu. Select ‘Add-ins’ from the left pane and select 'Disabled Items' in the drop-down list near ‘Manage’ and hit ‘Go’. Click on 'Proofing' from the list and click ‘Enable’.
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