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    Spell Checking - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Spell Checking - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    Turn On or Off Spelling "Autocorrect" and "Highlight" Misspelled Words in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    14 Nov 2012
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    Turn On or Off Spelling "Autocorrect" and "Highlight" Misspelled Words in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    Windows 8 includes a new built-in spell checking feature that autocorrects and highlights misspelled words in modern apps and in both Internet Explorer (IE10 & IE11) desktop and Windows UI modern versions.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn spelling "autocorrect misspelled words" and "highlight misspelled words" on or off in your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note
    Autocorrect misspelled words - When turned on, will autocorrect the spelling of your typed words on the fly if it is matched with the correct spelling of the word in the dictionary. For example, type squigly and press the space bar after it, and it will be autocorrected to squiggly.

    Hightlight misspelled words -
    When turned on, will highlight the misspelled word by having a red squiggly line under it.


    EXAMPLE: "Highlight misspelled word" in IE10 or IE11
    NOTE: This is an example when typing a misspelled word here at EightForums in IE10.

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    OPTION ONE
    Set to "Autocorrect" and "Highlight" Misspelled Word in PC settings

    1. In Windows 8 or Windows RT, open PC settings. On the left side, click/tap on General, and do step 3 and/or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see top screenshot below step 5)

    2. In Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, open PC settings. On the left side, click/tap on PC & Devices. (see screenshot below)

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    A) On the left side of PC and Devices, click/tap on Typing, and do step 3 and/or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see bottom screenshot below step 5)

    3. To Turn On or Off "Autocorrect Misspelled Words"

    A) On the right side under Spelling, move the Autocorrect misspelled words slider left (off) or right (on).
    NOTE: This is turned on by default.

    4. To Turn On or Off "Highlight Misspelled Words"

    A) On the right side under Spelling, move the Highlight misspelled words slider left (off) or right (on).
    NOTE: This is turned on by default.

    5. Close and reopen Internet Explorer (if open) to apply to it.

    6.
    When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.


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    OPTION TWO
    Set to "Autocorrect" and "Highlight" Misspelled Word using a REG File


    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are for the registry key and values below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7

    EnableAutocorrection DWORD

    0 = Turn off autocorrection
    1 = Turn on autocorrection

    EnableSpellchecking DWORD

    0 = Turn off highlight
    1 = Turn on highlight


    1. Do step 2 or 3 and 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Turn On Autocorrect Misspelled Words
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 or 5 below.


    Turn_On_Autocorrect_Misspelled_Words.reg

    download


    3. Turn Off Autocorrect Misspelled Words

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 or 5 below.


    Turn_Off_Autocorrect_Misspelled_Words.reg

    download


    4. Turn On Highlight Misspelled Words
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.


    Turn_On_Highlight_Misspelled_Words.reg

    download


    5. Turn Off Highlight Misspelled Words

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.


    Turn_Off_Highlight_Misspelled_Words.reg

    download


    6. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    8. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. Close and reopen Internet Explorer (if open) to apply to it.

    10. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION THREE
    To Enable or Disable Spell Checking Feature


    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option will affect all users on the computer.


    1. Take ownership of the MsSpellCheckFacility.dll file below, and set permissions to allow the Administrators group "full control" of the file.

    C:\Windows\System32\MsSpellCheckFacility.dll

    2. Take ownership of the MsSpellCheckingFacility.dll.mui file below, and set permissions to allow the Administrators group "full control" of the file.

    Note   Note
    If you do not have a US English Windows installed, then the en-US folder below will be named for your language instead.

    C:\Windows\System32\en-US\MsSpellCheckingFacility.dll.mui

    3. Do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do.

    4. To Disable Spell Checking Feature

    A) Rename the MsSpellCheckFacility.dll file to MsSpellCheckFacilityOld.dll, and approve.

    B) Rename the MsSpellCheckingFacility.dll.mui file to MsSpellCheckingFacilityOld.dll.mui, and approve.

    5. To Enable Spell Checking Feature

    A) Rename the MsSpellCheckFacilityOld.dll file to MsSpellCheckFacility.dll, and approve.

    AND

    B) Rename the MsSpellCheckingFacilityOld.dll.mui file to MsSpellCheckingFacility.dll.mui, and approve.

    OR

    C) Run the SFC /SCANNOW command to restore the default MsSpellCheckFacility.dll and MsSpellCheckingFacility.dll.mui files.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    good job brink..


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    Thank you sir.
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    The auto-correct and spell check feature was working fine and just stopped working after making some changes to my system. I have followed these directions and both were enabled and I disabled them and re-enabled them just to see it the features would start working again. I don't know if these options depend on any other Windows 8 settings. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Hello James, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What changes did you make before this happened?
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    Added a new non-admin account, but this only affects the existing account. Also turned off many of the account sync features (using a Microsoft account to log in), and disallowed APPS to use my picture and name, location, etc. All changes were done through the Personalize app in Windows. Nothing special.
    I have done additional research elsewhere on the internet. Even on Microsoft's forums, there are others with the same issue. IE 10 spell check works in APP mode IE and not in the desktop mode IE. Spell Check and Auto Correct were working, and quit for no reason. No other problems on this system. There were some reports about installing two KB Windows updates would fix this problem. I removed and re-installed them to no avail. Appears that the user profile gets changed (or corrupted - but like I said - no other problems) by some unknown method that causes this issue. Could even be a simple registry change?

    I have since resolved it by creating an additional temporary admin user, used Windows Easy Transfer to create a backup of my current (admin) user (the one with the issue), logged out, and logged in as the new admin user, deleted the original user account with the problem, and then used Windows Easy Transfer to restore the original user account back onto the system. I then logged out of the temporary admin user and logged back in as the original user, and deleted the temporary admin user account. This worked, but was tedious, and time consuming. I am using the newly created admin account as I type this reply, using the desktop mode of IE 10, and it is correcting the typing mistakes I am making (a lot of them ) as I type here on the forum. I'm sure that sooner of later the issue that creates this problem will be identified and a fix will be forth coming. Searching for "Spell check in IE 10 desktop not working" yields a few hits, but no solutions that work (I tried them all) except to create a new user account. Nobody thought to use the Windows Easy Transfer method to keep the existing user files and settings, but I had been doing some work for customers lately moving from XP, Vista, and Windows 7 to Windows 8, using the Windows Easy Transfer application, and thought I would give it a try on the same system. My drive was partitioned into an OS and a DATA partition, so I saved the Windows Easy Transfer file to the DATA partition and restored it from there as well. Worked great, all the settings and files were in tact after the restore. Only issue so far: I had Daemon tools auto start in the tray, and I had to re-enable that feature.

    Hope this helps anyone else with this problem.



    And by the way, I have been using these Forums in read only mode for years. Many thanks for the hard work put into this forum as well as the SevenForums. I refer to them both all the time. Had to join to post, so I'll be back with more questions (and solutions if I can provide any).


    Thanks again,

    James
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    Thank you James for posting back with your findings and workaround to that issue.
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    Why change the registry if you can turn off/on in the pc settings and general tab?
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    Hello Nolacs,

    The registry option is there for folks that like to package all the changes they would like to have done in one registry file to merge after setup. This way they can make all changes at once without having to set them one by one.

    It's also helpful if you would like to use the .reg file to apply these changes to multiple accounts.
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    Hi, I've tried all of these solutions to no avail.

    I don't have the addon for auto correct misspelt words loaded in IE11.

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    My "Typing" tab in PC & Devices settings listed both Autocorrect misspelt words and Highlight missplet words as being on however when I checked the registry they were set at zero(0).

    I have set both EnableAutocorrection and EnableSpellchecking to one (1).

    How can I get the required addon?
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