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Spell Checking - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Rod, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The Spell Checking feature is part of Windows 8/8.1 as a whole, and not an add-on in IE11.

    As a test, mistype something in the post box here in IE11 to see if it either gets underlined in red (like in the example at the top of the tutorial) or gets autocorrected.

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  2. #11


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    I have a problem the other way around! I try to disable autocorrecting and highlighting in Windows since 8 but on my 64-bit version it stays on, no matter what I do.
    Like in this thread: Metro apps still ignores the spell checker settings in 8.1 ! - Microsoft Community

    I do not want to tinker around again with system files mostly because dism or sfc will yell about corrupted files -- not desirable. Any ideas?
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  3. #12


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Anthropos,

    Are the settings in PC settings showing as turned off, or do they keep getting turned on?

    Is there a specific app that this stays on in, or is it on for all apps? For example, you might have a separate spell checking add-on or toolbar installed in Internet Explorer, and it's not really the Windows spell checking feature.
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  4. #13


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Hello again!

    The settings keep being off and the registry entries are also correct (I checked the location mentioned in this tutorial). It appears that the spell checking feature is enabled in all modern apps: firstly it stuck out in the official Facebook app, secondly as I tried to use the Windows Mail app instead of writing directly in a desktop browser.
    (If I remember correctly, the spell checking could be off in my Win 8.1 32-bit tablet, an Iconia W510, I could check this out later, but in any case it is not off in my Win8.1 64-bit desktop machine.)

    Strangely, I do not have any add-ons installed nor any other programs to enable spell checking. The first time I installed Win 8 and had problems with this spell checking feature, I installed WinSpell to disable spell checking in Internet Explorer desktop version; but I reinstalled Windows in the meantime and never installed again such a program. I also try to keep my IE clear and do not install any toolbars or the like.

    I rarely used modern apps for forums or anything where spell checking had the opportunity to do its work, but recently I installed the official Facebook app and then I found out that the problem still persists as I tried to comment on a post on FB; as far as I know this FB app does not have any internal spell checking feature but is subject to the general Win 8(.1) spell checking.
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  5. #14


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case do a search for all instances of EnableSpellchecking DWORD in the registry using the Find and Find Next feature below, and make sure that each one found is set to 1 to see if that may help.

    Registry Editor - Find and Find Next
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  6. #15


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Uhm, but I want to disable the spell checking! Anyway, I searched the Registry and very entry of EnableSpellchecking is enabled, is set to 1; it kind of bugs me really because it is as if this setting gets simply ignored.
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  7. #16


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Oh, doh. In that case, set EnableSpellchecking and EnableAutocorrection to 0 (zero) to turn off.
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  8. #17


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    I found EnableSpellchecking two times and both entries are set to 0, sadly they were set to 0 when I searched for them for the first time. If there is no other registry entry somewhere, I simply do not get it, why this setting is so stubborn -- or maybe my spelling is too bad to be left alone.
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  9. #18


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Are you sure? You just said they were set to 1.

    ...I searched the Registry and very entry of EnableSpellchecking is enabled, is set to 1...
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  10. #19


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Sorry for being confusing, but I searched for them then I set them to 1 as you said, and now I turned them back to 0; still the result is the same, no matter which value I set, my Win 8.1 keeps spellchecking.
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