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    Spell Check (Office XP Pro)

    I have a group of workstations running on Win XP Pro that have Offcie XP Pro on them. They all exhibit a strange behavior with Spell/Grammar check. The Tools/Options/"Spelling & Grammar" dialog is set correctly to flag errors as you type. No errors are flagged (wavy underlines) unless I force a check with F7. Then, even if I don't make any corrections new errors will be flagged as I type.

    The behavior returns to no automatic "wavy underlines" when a new document is opened.

    I've never seen this behavior befor either on networked or stand alone work stations.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Spell Check (Office XP Pro)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 31-Aug-04 13:53. Duh.)</P>Here's a guess. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> There is a document-specific setting to not check for spelling errors (Tools>Options...>Spelling and Grammar). Perhaps the documents were created with that setting? (If the Normal.dot template has that setting perhaps?) It may be that running the spell-check changes this setting, but I haven't experimented with it.

    Added: It looks as though you already checked that setting. Hmmm. The other thing I've noticed is that wavy red lines may not appear when a document is first opened until some change is made in the body text. Does your odd condition persist after making an edit?

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    Re: Spell Check (Office XP Pro)

    Do the wavy lines appear in a new document after you've both added a paragraph or two & waited awhile? I don't use the automatic spell check & grammer check much, but I notice that the automatic grammer check is much slower than the spell check. While I'm not sure of the mechanics, Word must wait & see the sentence in context before marking it incorrect. When you force a spelling & grammer check, it assumes that the context is complete.

    You might also go to Tools/Options/Spelling tab/Settings button & make sure that you're using the settings that you need.

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    Re: Spell Check (Office XP Pro)

    Check Word Help for "Troubleshoot Proofing Tools." There could be several reasons for Word to skip some text.

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