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I need to spell check a VB6 text box. I asked this question here. Was directed to:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/8678/Spell-check-a-VBA-or-VB6-ActiveX-textbox.html
Or:
http://tinyurl.com/ha7heas

I wrote a little test app. Just a text box and a command button. Compiled to an exe. The spell check exe works fine in XP. In Win7, nothing happens. No error. Nothing.

I can't debug in Win7 obviously.

Would it be convenient if I copied the source code from the above link here?
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by:Pawan Kumar Khowal
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The best way here is talk to the author.
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by:Martin Liss
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Sorry but since I still use XP I won't be able to help find out what's wrong when run in Win 7. You may however find techniques in this article of mine on debugging that will help find the problem.
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by:NormaPosy
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Martin: VB6 won't run under Win7. At least that is what I have been told. Never tried it. (That's a lot of CDs to load just to find out.) There's a technique I have used to get around this. Back in XP, Define an error integer iErr. Sprinkle "Err = 1" (2, 3, 4, etc) throughout the code. Just before exiting, display a MsgBox showing iErr. At least that will tell me how far the thing got.

Thing is, under Win7 it doesn't throw up any errors. It just doesn't do anything.

The code invokes Word's spell checker. It first determines the resident version of Word. I am thinking that the "Cases" in the code don't include versions past when the code was created. I will look at that. There should be an "Else" I can use to tell me "Word not found". Or something like that.
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Martin Liss earned 250 total points
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VB6 won't run under Win7
Isn't that what you are using?

I am thinking that the "Cases" in the code don't include versions past when the code was created.
Note line 8 to 10 from the current code.
    Select Case objWord.version
        'Office 2000 and later
        Case "9.0", "10.0", "11.0", "14.0"
            Set objDoc = objWord.Documents.Add(, , 1, True)
        'Office 97
        Case "8.0"
            Set objDoc = objWord.Documents.Add
        Case "Else"
            MsgBox "Sorry but your version of Word seems to be " & QUOTE & objWord.version _
                   & QUOTE & " and that version is not currently supported.", vbOKOnly + vbExclamation, "Spelling Checker"
            Exit Sub
    End Select

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by:NormaPosy
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Martin: I develop and compile on an XP machine. The exe runs fine there. On a Win7 machine, when I run the exe, nothing at all happens. No message box, no error report, nothing.

Yes, I think my version of Word is not included in those lines of code. But I don't get that message box under line 9 either. I will have to investigate and get back here.
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by:Bob Hoffman
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I have a similar solution working fine on Win7 and Win 10. Couple things to check.

>> is the spell check pop-up behind your main form?
>> open the task manager, is word running?
>> try turning off UAC


here's my function:

Public Function SpellCheck(strText As String) As String

    Dim oWord As Word.Application
    Dim oTmpDoc As Word.Document
   
    Screen.MousePointer = vbHourglass
    On Error GoTo Failed
    Err.Clear
   
    'Create a Word document object...
    App.OleRequestPendingTimeout = 999999
    Set oWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
    oWord.Visible = False
   
    Set oTmpDoc = oWord.Documents.Add(, , 1, True)

    Screen.MousePointer = vbDefault
   
    'Assign the text to the document and check spelling.
    With oTmpDoc
        .Content.Text = Trim$(strText)
        .Activate
        oWord.Visible = False
       
        'Bring spell check forward
        Dim lngHandle As Long
        lngHandle = FindWindow(vbEmpty, "Document1 - MIcrosoft Word")
        If lngHandle <> 0 Then
            Dim lngRet As Long
            lngRet = BringWindowToTop(lngHandle)
        End If
       
        .CheckSpelling
        oWord.Visible = False
       
        'After user has made changes, get text back...
        SpellCheck = Left(.Content.Text, Len(.Content.Text) - 1)

        'Close the document and exit Word...
        oWord.Visible = False
        .Close False '= wdDoNotSaveChanges
    End With
   
    'Clean up
    Set oTmpDoc = Nothing
    oWord.Visible = False
    oWord.Application.Quit (False)
    Set oWord = Nothing

    Exit Function
Failed:
    Set oTmpDoc = Nothing
    Set oWord = Nothing
    Screen.MousePointer = vbDefault

    MsgBox "SpellCheck() failed! Error is: " & Trim$(Err.Description), vbCritical, "Critical error"
End Function
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If you have not already, you should change
 Case "Else"
to
 Case Else
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by:Martin Liss
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If you have not already, you should change
 Case "Else"
to
 Case Else
OMG, I never, and no one else as far as I know, has ever noticed that mistake!! I will update my article now. Thank you.
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by:Karen
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dontcha hate bugs like that, Martin... when you notice them and think, "how the heck have I not noticed that before????" :D
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by:Martin Liss
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I know. In my case I can chalk it up to a "senior moment" but the article was first published 5 years ago and it has gotten lots of views and likes since then and nobody has said a word.
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by:NormaPosy
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My version of word is "15.0". Had to add it to the case statement.

How many times have I stared buggy eyed at code not seeing the screw up. Then you call another set of eyeballs over and  "pop" - there it is. "Else" indeed!!

Thank you to everyone.
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by:Martin Liss
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

If you expand the “Full Biography” section of my profile you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.

Marty - Microsoft MVP 2009 to 2016
              Experts Exchange MVE 2015
              Experts Exchange Top Expert Visual Basic Classic 2012 to 2015
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I'm glad my eyeballs could be of assistance 8-)
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