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Outlook Spell Check

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I have an issue with a user (I am the director of the IT Systems).

They are now on their second computer, having reported that Spell Check (OFFICE 2010) was not working correctly.  I was able to witness this when their spell check would ignore portions of their email near the signature lines....

My initial recommendation that they spend a little extra time making sure they spell checked everything was replaced with...just give this person a new system....so I did, they now have a W7 Pro, Office 2013, and they are reporting after several months of use...that spell check isn't working again....

I would also add that this is an adversarial relationship, the only one I have with 120+ employees....

Is there a way to partially disable or cause spell check to stop in the middle of a letter?

Please don't bother detailing the settings in Outlook, I know how to check those, and like the first time, I suspect I will not find any issues with settings.

An suggested looks at the registry/html/ini files would be welcome.
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Question by:Eric_Where_am_I
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by:Jerry Miller
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Outlook doesn't perform a spell check in the signature area. It does that when the signature is created.

If Outlook is not correcting misspelled words and spell check is enabled, you are probably typing in the signature area. You can confirm it by right clicking on the misspelled words - if the signature selector comes up you're typing in the signature block, not the message body.

Check out this thread for others with the same (or similar) issues:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-outlook/right-click-on-spell-checking-brings-up-signature/42467bec-0e73-4fc5-86e2-f7491aa784c3
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by:Eric_Where_am_I
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I am aware of the Signature problem, as is the User.  I am looking for some other less obvious method by which Outlook Spell Check could somehow be disabled or broken...
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by:comfortjeanius
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Did you make sure the Proofing Plugin is not disable in Outlook??


Plus you could probably close office application and delete registry entry...
If it exists, delete or rename it; if it doesn’t exist, create it.

You can also delete the following key, but if you do, you’ll need to reconfigure your spelling options. (Export it before deleting it.)

Note: backup registry first..
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\ProofingTools\1.0\Override\en-US

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Shared Tools\ProofingTools\1.0\Office\OutlookSpellingOptions


Plus did you try to repair Office????
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yes yes yes
let re-state...the user is reporting the problem as "intermittent", "sporadic".
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by:Eric_Where_am_I
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I still think there is something up with this particular user, they are friendly with several network savvy types and our relationship is as bad as it can get.  This is the second system to be reported as having problems with spell check.  Fortunately no one important believes the individual when they say "I.T. can't fix my computer".  So what I am saying is...I am no longer going to worry about it.
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