My library upgraded to Office 2007 a while back and since then I’ve also tested Office 2010. Like a lot of trainers I have multiple versions of Office on my computer so that I can troubleshoot or train staff using any version.
I gave a presentation this morning to a small group of managers and luckily a friend pulled me aside and said, “You might want to run your handouts through spell check.”
Word has spell check built in right?
It does BUT if you install multiple versions of Office on the same computer the settings for the previous version can remain and override the settings for the newer version. After some searching through developer forums on MSDN I found a solution.
If you have multiple versions of Office installed and spell check is not working for you, close your Microsoft programs, open RegEdit, then rename or delete the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Proofing Tools\1.0
Open your Office product again, a new registry key is automatically created, and spell check should work. If opening an existing document, you may need to rerun spell check on the document by clicking the Office button, selecting Word Options, Proofing, then Recheck Document.
With all that said, it still never hurts to have human eyes spell check your document. Computers are great for a lot of things but they still have a long weigh to go when it comes to context!