MS Word 2003 Italian Seplling Checker

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I work in the UK and have an end user who needs to spell check English, French and Italian documents.

I have added the French and Italian to the Language Bar and now, if I mark a section of text as French (using the language option from the menus) the test is spell checked in French. However, if I mark text as Italian the spell checker does not find any errors.

I noticed in the language bar "French" has a little tick with ABC across it, "Italian" has the tick but without the ABC. DOes this mean that there is no dictionary loaded / available for Italian?

Where can I get the missing components?
Question by:inscribble82
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    Accepted Solution

    Step 1 (install the dictionaries)
    Install the proofing tools for Italian and French from the value pack on
    your Office CD.

    I guess that after this you should rerun all updaters.

    If you are on Word X you should definitely repair permissions after
    running the value pack or the updaters.

    Step 2 (create custom dictionaries)
    Open Word's preferences. Click on 'Spelling and Grammar', then click on
    'dictionaries' (--> Custom Dictionaries window). Create two new
    dictionaries, name them something like French Custom Dictionary and
    Italian Custom Dictionary and assign the appropriate languages to them.
    Close the window by clicking on OK.

    Step 3 (Prepare text for the language)
    To spell-check a text in Italian/French that text must be marked as
    Italian/French. This can be done in several ways. The best way is to set
    the language in the basic style(s) of the template you use.

    For instance, in Word X, if you have style Body Text as your basic
    - Open a document based on the relevant template
    - Choose 'Style ..." in the format menu (--> Style window)
    - Select 'Body Text' in the styles list (left)
    - Click on "Modify ....' (--> Modify Style window)
    - Select 'Language' under Format (-->Language window)
    - Select the language you want
    - Close the Language window by clicking OK
    - In the Modify Style window check 'Add to template'
    - Close the Modify Style window by clicking OK
    - Close the Style window by clicking 'Close'
    - After your close the document Word will ask you wether it should
    change the document template. Say 'yes' to this.

    To change your default language you must change style normal of the
    Normal template

    Author Comment

    That looks spot on. I will have to do this the next time I am in the users office hopefully this afternoon.

    Your comments in setp 3 are particularly useful.

    Many thanks

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