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    disabled features in Word

    I was helping a friend with some Word 97 problems yesterday and found several surprises. The big one was that the charitable group that had loaned her the computer, a Compaq 486 DX-4/100 running Win 95b had disabled the automated grammar and spell checkers. She has arthritis in both hands and, as a consequence, gets lots of double strikes, spaces where she does not want them and double spaces where she should have only one.

    I went to Tools|Options|Spelling & Grammar and found ticks in the boxes that hide Spelling and Grammar errors and both functions were greyed out so I could not switch either function on.

    I am surprised that these facilities haves been disabled on a computer used by someone for whom it would be such a benefit.

    However, how is this done and how do I undo it?

    Cheers, Geoff

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    Re: disabled features in Word

    The files needed were NOT installed. I would contact the group that loan her the machine and see if they would install the files.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: disabled features in Word

    Thanks Dave, we will do that. Cheers

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    Re: disabled features in Word

    I've also had this problem where I work, however, I know the options were installed (I did the installations). The options just greyed out.

    I tried getting help from Microsoft, but didn't feel like harassing anyone for more than a few hours. I simply just reinstalled the software.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: disabled features in Word

    I think it might be possible that these features have been turned off using the policy editor. I am not sure why you would turn such useful features off. I know that Spell check can freeze word (I can hunt down KB articles if requested). Generally the policy editor is used to turn off dangerous features like Fast Saves [img]/w3timages/icons/scream.gif[/img] or Apply Styles Based on Your Formatting .[img]/w3timages/icons/sick.gif[/img]
    Doubt this was of any help, but thought I would suggest it anyway!
    Rebecca Wiggins (GirlFriday)

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