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Spell checking an unbound form in MS Access 2013

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I am trying to get the MS Office spell checker to work within a couple of my forms.  I can open the linked table and select spell checker manually but I cannot get it to work on the form.  If I try to select spell checker while the form is open it is greyed out on the ribbon.  I have tried to use the attached code in the before update, after update, and unload events of the form.  I am at a loss and cannot find any help numerous forums.  Just getting the situations in which spell checker will work on a form would be helpful.  I always get this error when using the code in any of the above mentioned events: Run-time error '2046' The command or action 'Spelling' isn't available now.

I am about to pull my hair out so any help would be appreciated
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I think the problem may be that the form is unbound and spell check works on the recordset itself.  I'm off to a meeting.  If you don't have a solution when I get back, I'll check it out in my app.
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I must apologize for my absence.  I was out of town and then sick.  Still looking for a definitive answer on the question I posted.
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Does spell check work correctly for you on a bound form?
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I don't have any bound forms to check it on.  That is why I need to know if it will work with an unbound form or anyway to make it work.
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And I don't have any unbound forms to check it with and given what I know about how it works with bound forms, I'm pretty sure it is working on the recordset rather than the control.  To make the unbound form bound so you can test it, bind any table that has a text field and bind the control you are running the spell check on to that field.
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Yes it works with a bound form.  Unfortunately using bound forms defeats the design of the database.
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If you are using unbound forms, you are not getting any benefit from using Access as a FE.  You should probably find a different platform.  I've been working with Access since 2.0 and have found that doing things the "Access way" is the best course of action.  I came to Access as an experienced developer and in the beginning tried to mold it into my image of what it should be but ultimately came to understand what it was and it turns out that it is a pretty darn good RAD tool and I have never seen a better one.  But, unbound forms are not RAD and so Access is no help at all.
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I agree and thank you for your help.  It will require some code changes but I can achieve the same results with some bound forms and then enable spell check.  Thanks for your help and sorry for the long delay.
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You're welcome.  I hate it when the answer is "no".  Good luck.
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