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Spell Checking - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    Ok. Go ahead and post a screenshot of all of PC settings showing your Spelling settings like the screenshot in step 6 of OPTION ONE to see if that may show anything as a possible cause.

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  2. #21


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    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Ok, I post first of all the screenshots:

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    This much for the settings I use and used from the start; it never worked on this machine from the start and I installed Win 8 two or three times till today, but now I try to stick to an installation longer.
    (The first time, I tried the solution of changing ownership of associated system files and renaming them, but I do not like messing around with system files, so I never did it again the other times when I installed Win 8; to clarify: I have not changed any system files yet.)

    Some other info is that I use a German version of Win 8, changed the display language to English (UK) and changed back the Input method to German; but it never made a difference which language I used, except that it determed in which language the spellchecking checks my writing.
    (Searching for solutions is a bit better if one knows both English and German terms. )
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  3. #22


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    Odd. If you have not already, restart the PC to see if that may apply the settings.

    Does this work properly in another user account?
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  4. #23


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    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Odd. If you have not already, restart the PC to see if that may apply the settings.

    Does this work properly in another user account?
    I restarted three times the machine but nothing changed.
    And now another odd thing: I wrote this here on my tablet (Winodws 8.1 all in German, by the way), and I checked the modern apps and Internet Explorer desktop and guess what? Spellchecking is disabled! (on the tablet) And with the same settings, my Windows 8.1 desktop machine is unable to disable the spellchecking. (I am using the simple version of Win 8.1 Update 1, not the Pro or Enterprise version.)

    The registry entries look like this:

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  5. #24


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    64-bit Windows 10


    As a test, create another user account, sign in to it, and see how spell check works in it.
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  6. #25


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    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Ah, another thing I found out: (I take care of three machines, one desktop for my parents and a tablet and a desktop for me,) this problem appears on two of these machines, both desktop machines with simple Win 8, one is 64-bit and the other is 32-bit, only the tablet from Acer with its 32-bit version of Win 8 does not have the problem.

    Sadly, after creating a new user account the problem still persists on my desktop machines; a fresh Win 8 installation starts with enabled spellchecking and it says on for me - no matter what - and on every user account.
    I bought Win 8 64-bit/32-bit since first publication and it was always like this, before the upgrade to 8.1 and after it and now even after Update 1 for Win 8.1; at first I thought of bad luck and a corrupted installation but now I find this all only odd.
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  7. #26


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    I would say that maybe it could be your settings getting synced with your Microsoft Account, but that wouldn't be the case if your spell check settings all show turned off while it actually is still on.

    Let me do some more investigating for a way to force spell checking to be disabled other than renaming the MsSpellCheckFacility.dll system file, and I'll post back.
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Apr 2014 at 14:32. Reason: updated
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  8. #27


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    Windows 8.1


    Hi, Thanks for the replies.

    It appears that I also don't have control of the the spell checker nor do I have the addon in IE11 so no chance to control it from there.

    I can change the options in PC settings and see them change in the registry setting mentioned. However this doesn't alter the way that the spell checker works.

    How do we take control of this?
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  9. #28


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I would say that maybe it could be your settings getting synced with your Microsoft Account, but that wouldn't be the case if your spell check settings all show turned off while it actually is still on.

    Let me do some more investigating for a way to force spell checking to be disabled other than renaming the MsSpell... system files, and I'll post back.
    If you would find a solution besides renaming corresponding system files, it would be a unique breakthrough because (as far as I know) there is no other solution (easily) found via Google or Bing or the like.
    (I searched the registy for other entries with spell in their names but I was not sure about them.)
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  10. #29


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Well, I don't see any other way to disable the spell checking feature other than renaming the file. I've added OPTION THREE to help make it easier to follow on how to do so.
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