Outlook problems: color of text I am typing changes and no longer uses a spell checker

Hi,

I'l be typing a new email and suddenly I am typing blue letters. I use Outlook 2003.

I've gone to Tools>Options>Track Changes

and set evry Markup to "none".

Any ideas what I need to change?

thanks,
newbieweb
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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war1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello newbieweb,

From the main Microsoft Outlook window, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Mail Format tab.
Click Fonts.
Choose the font:
Next to the When composing a new message box and the When replying and forwarding box, click Choose Font.
Next to the When composing and reading plain text box, click Choose Font.
Select the options you want, and then click OK.

Hope this helps!
war1
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b0lsc0ttConnect With a Mentor IT ManagerCommented:
newbieweb,

it is probably a reply that you are typing.  By default Outlook change the text color of the reply.  I actually think it is a nice feature.  Let me know if you want info about changing it.  I haven't done it but I believe there is a setting for it.

If you click on the New Message button just in Outlook is the text blue?  Probably not but this would confirm what I said above.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
war1,

I changed it will give it a try.

How anout the spell checker turning off?

thanks,
newbieweb

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war1Commented:
Make sure spell checker is enabled.
From the main Microsoft Outlook window, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling tab.
Select the options you want:
   Always check spelling before sending.
   Ignore original message text in reply or forward.


You may need to perform Delect and Repair both on Outlook and MS Word. Outlook depends on Word for spell checker.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
It's still not working.  It used to underline someting misspelled. SoI copied text to Word to complete my letter, and it does not work there either.

Any ideas?
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war1Commented:
Outlook depend on MS Word for spell checking.

1. Reset MS Word toolbar template. With Word close, do a search for and rename normal.dot file. Restart Word and new normal.dot file will be created.

Normal.dot is located in C:/Documents and Settings/<User>/Application Data/Microsoft/Templates folder. It is a hidden file, so you have to unhide hidden files. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

2. Check if an external program running in the background is interfering with Word. Check Firewall, antivirus, antispyware, antispam, and all Norton programs. Disable these programs one at a time.

3. Repair MS Word. With Word open, go to Help > Detect and Repair.

4. If no joy, reinstall the Proofing Tools.

Reinstall MS Word.  Go to Add/Remove Programs and highlight Microsoft Office. Click on Install/Uninstall.  A menu will pop allowing you to choose repair or reinstall.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
war1,

I re-installed and at least Outlook is underlining the mis-spelled words.  But when I right click, it does not pull up a list of alternatives.

Any idea why not?

newbieweb
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war1Commented:
Make sure Word is selected as editor.  Go to Tools > Options > Mail Forward and make sure that option is selected.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
The Options window does not have a Mail Forward tab.

Could you be more specific?
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war1Commented:
I meant to say "Mail Format" tab.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I have 2003

There is no Mail Format tab.

I have Compatibility, which has Recomended options for Word 2003.

There is a list of dozens of options, all unchecked.
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war1Commented:
There is a Mail Format tab in Outlook. In Outlook, go to Tools > Options > Mail Format tab and disable MS Word as editor.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

bol
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