Word spell check does not find errors in a specific style
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Eutychus  Identity Verified
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Jun 1, 2009

I have a Word 2003 document which I think is an extraction from a Web page.

Spell-checking it returns the message "spell check finished, text not to be checked has been ignored" and finds no mistakes.

The correct spell-check options appear to be checked for the document. Other documents spell-check normally. Copying and pasting the text into another document changes nothing. The only solution appears to be to delete all the style options, whereupon spell-check functions normally.

Why should a style option disable the spell-check function? Is there a workaround?


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B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Option Jun 1, 2009

Have you tried copying and pasting the text using "Paste special" "text only"?



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Hide errors for this document Jun 1, 2009

... just a quick thought - even if the normal spellcheck options are all in place (i.e. correct language selected etc. etc., you know word can also hide errors 'just' for the document you are working on? (you've probably already tried this, but it's worth a mention just in case!)

In Office 2007, you go up to the office button in the top left, choose Word options - Correction tools - and go to the bottom of the box, where it says 'exceptions for xxxxx current document', and just make sure that the ignore spelling mistakes in this document box is NOT checked...

all the best,
Helen


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Eutychus  Identity Verified
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Not further forward yet Jun 1, 2009

Hi BD

Your option works but appears to be equivalent to my existing workaround (copy/paste/select all/delete all styles) which has the drawback of, um, losing all the formatting . As a worst-case scenario I suppose I could go through the deformatted document side by side with the formatted one manually correcting as I go if there's no other way. (I tried pasting it as an RTF file for variety, which kept the format but also the problem).

Helen,

I'm working on the document using Office 2003 which does not have this option. But I have just checked in Office 2007 and the box is not checked, so that's not the problem here - thanks anyway for alerting me to the existence of this menu!


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Check the style settings Jun 1, 2009

If it is just one (or certain) style(s) that are causing the problem, check that their langauges are set correctly AND that the 'do not spell check' box has not been checked when that style was created / modified.

I've been caught by this one before!

If you can't get to the bottom of it, a less tiresome workaround would be to replace just the one style globally with some other one (search / replace all), and then simply do the reverse process after you've spell-checked.

[Modifié le 2009-06-02 08:30 GMT]


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