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Outlook 2010 'Check spelling as you type' grayed out

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  • Hi,

    As above really. I've searched extensively for a solution, and many point out that this feature cannot be used in Outlook 2003/2007 when Outlook is installed separately from Word...but I can't find any references to Outlook 2010 - is it the same?

    I'm using Office 2010 trial, and a bought Outlook 2010. There must be a way surely? Outook comes with its own spell checker right? So I don't quite see the relevance of MS Word to all this....

    Any suggestions welcome...

    Thanks,

    Tom

    Mittwoch, 1. September 2010 15:24

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  • Yes, the issue is the same for all versions of Outlook, and yes, Outlook has its own built-in spell checker. However, that built-in spell checker does not include the "check spelling as you type" feature. If you need that feature, then you need to have Outlook and Word installed from the same suite. 
    • Als Antwort markiert Sally Tang Mittwoch, 8. September 2010 01:31
    Donnerstag, 2. September 2010 11:23

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  • Hi,

     

    Based on you description for this issue, I suggest you install the full Office Suite(Office 2010 Home &Business).

     

    Check whether the Check spelling works fine or not.

     

    If not,

    Are the Office/Outlook 2010 proofing tools installed? Installation

    options -> Office shared features....

    Try creating a new Outlook profile using the steps mentioned in the article below and check if it works:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/829918

    If new profile works fine, open your old Outlook data file by doing the following.

    Open Outlook in new profile->click File->open->Outlook data file->select Outlook.pst and click Open

     

     

    Regards,

     

    Harry Yuan

    Donnerstag, 2. September 2010 09:43
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  • Yes, the issue is the same for all versions of Outlook, and yes, Outlook has its own built-in spell checker. However, that built-in spell checker does not include the "check spelling as you type" feature. If you need that feature, then you need to have Outlook and Word installed from the same suite. 
    • Als Antwort markiert Sally Tang Mittwoch, 8. September 2010 01:31
    Donnerstag, 2. September 2010 11:23
  • I purchased Office Home & Student 2010 before realizing it didn't have Outlook.  So I purchased the stand alone version of Outlook 2010.  So is Microsoft telling me I can't get spell check as you type unless I shell out hundreds of $$ for the full suite?  Also, my Office suite is the "click to run" version.
    Freitag, 21. Januar 2011 21:27
  • if you are using word 2007 with outlook 2010 and are using the default install paths...

    Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ and copy the Winword.exe file.
    Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ and paste the Winword.exe file into this folder.
    Restart Outlook 2010.  It should work now.

    • Als Antwort vorgeschlagen mkolber Montag, 21. Januar 2013 13:01
    Donnerstag, 10. Januar 2013 19:29
  • if you are using word 2007 with outlook 2010 and are using the default install paths...

    Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ and copy the Winword.exe file.
    Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ and paste the Winword.exe file into this folder.
    Restart Outlook 2010.  It should work now.

    Brilliant! Works perfectly. Don't forget, you need to do the copy/paste in Administrator mode.
    Montag, 21. Januar 2013 13:01
  • Fantastic! Works if you have Office 2013 installed alongside Outlook 2010. Just copy winword.exe from 

    Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15

    to

    Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

    Mittwoch, 15. Mai 2013 23:02
  • Thank you for that answer. I've battled with that one until I found this post. I'm definitely posting about it on my blog as well as linking it to this thread.
    Mittwoch, 3. Juli 2013 08:09
  • Fantastic! Works if you have Office 2013 installed alongside Outlook 2010. Just copy winword.exe from 

    Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15

    to

    Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14


    I have just tried it and it works well now. Thank you
    Mittwoch, 3. Juli 2013 08:10
  • I just tried this with no luck.  Running Outlook 2010 with Office 2013.  I had to copy winword.exe from

    Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15

    to

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

    Then rebooted Outlook.  Still grayed out.  Any ideas?

    Donnerstag, 11. Juli 2013 20:47
  • UPDATE: I figured this out.

    Need to copy WINWORD.EXE from

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15

    to

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
    Dienstag, 16. Juli 2013 12:53
  • I did the exact opposite because I didn't have winword in my Office 12 folder. 
    Dienstag, 24. September 2013 03:17
  • if you are using word 2007 with outlook 2010 and are using the default install paths...

    Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ and copy the Winword.exe file.
    Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ and paste the Winword.exe file into this folder.
    Restart Outlook 2010.  It should work now.


    Montag, 30. September 2013 10:03
  • Brilliant...Brilliant..Brilliant..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


    Shakkeer

    Donnerstag, 5. Dezember 2013 10:46
  • Good find by kevintm, but copying exe's is not a great idea. Here is a better way to do it in Vista and beyond:

    Start a cmd using administrator mode.
    cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14
    mklink WINWORD.EXE "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE"

    (or change to the directories used on your system for other versions or eliminate " (x86)" if you are on a 32-bit system.

    That got spell checking working for me. Thankfully, Windows finally started native support of symbolic links a few years ago.

    Thanks to kevintm.  


    Montag, 9. Dezember 2013 18:54
  • Yes, the issue is the same for all versions of Outlook, and yes, Outlook has its own built-in spell checker. However, that built-in spell checker does not include the "check spelling as you type" feature. If you need that feature, then you need to have Outlook and Word installed from the same suite. 

    "Check spelling as you type" is a basic feature of sofware such as mail clients and the fact that Outlook cannot do it by itself is a joke. It means that Microsoft:

    1. does not respect their customers by forcing them to buy additional software they don't actually need, and/or
    2. design their software poorly enough that sharing of basic features between individual programs is not done correctly. It's ridiculous that You need an entire other program, this should be a common shared component.

    I'm impressed how MS is doing it's business.

    Dienstag, 24. Dezember 2013 09:39