We show you different ways to fix the error that the spell checker does not work in Word 2016, 2013, 2010 Windows and Mac.

Spell Check not working in Word

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Spell Check not working in Word

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Every day many users use Microsoft Word, in its various editions, to carry out the elaboration of files or edition of supplied data. Due to the number of words we have to handle, it is possible that various grammatical errors are made, affecting the optimal presentation of the document.

Although Microsoft Word includes a grammar checker which is enabled by default in Word and underlines the words that have some kind of error either grammatical or typing allowing us to correct them later, in some situations the grammar checker has errors and not analyzes the words entered being exposed to present documents with different types of errors.

We will look at different ways to fix these bugs in Word’s AutoCorrect.

Spell Check not working in Word

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1. Troubleshoot the corrector in Word 2010, 2013, or 2016 using Word Options

Simultaneously, we will present the steps to be performed in Word 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Step 1

The first step is to open a new blank document and go to File / Options:

Word 2010

Spell Check not working in Word

Word 2013 and 2016

Spell Check not working in Word

Once we access Options we go to the Revision section and we will go to the option To correct spelling and grammar in Word:

Word 2010

Spell Check not working in Word

Word 2013 and 2016

Spell Check not working in Word

There we must make sure that the boxes are active:

  • Check spelling as you type
  • Mark grammatical errors while
  • Frequently confusing words (Word 2013 and 2016)
  • Check grammar with spelling
  • Use contextual spelling (Word 2010)

Once all the boxes are enabled, click OK to save the changes.

2. Troubleshoot the corrector in Word 2010, 2013, or 2016 using the default Word language

Sometimes we can configure more than one language for Word which affects if we write in one language but the default value is different as it detects multiple errors.

To check this we will click on the current language of Word which is at the bottom of the document:

Word 2010

Spell Check not working in Word

Word 2013 and 2016

Spell Check not working in Word

In the window that will open, select the default language to use and uncheck the boxes:

  • Do not check spelling or grammar
  • Detect the language automatically

Word 2010

Spell Check not working in Word

Word 2013 and 2016

Spell Check not working in Word

Now, in both versions we will click on the Set as default button with the respective selected language. Click on OK and we have solved this error.

3. Troubleshoot the corrector in Word 2010, 2013, or 2016 by checking Word’s revision options

For this case Word offers us different parameters associated with spelling optimally but can cause errors.
For this we go again, in all versions, to File / Options and there to the Review tab.Once there we will activate the following boxes located in the Exceptions section for:

  • Hide spelling errors only in this document
  • Hide grammar errors only in this document

Word 2010

Spell Check not working in Word

Word 2013 and 2016

Spell Check not working in Word

4. Fix bugs with the proofreader in Word 2010, 2013 by enabling revision plugins

Some language add-ons such as ES-ES (Spanish) or En-US (English) are disabled and it is therefore not possible to check spelling.

For this we will go to Options / Add-ons and in the Manage tab we select the Disabled Items option:

Word 2010

Spell Check not working in Word

Word 2013 and 2016

Spell Check not working in Word

In both cases click on Go and select the nlsdata0009.dll element for its enable. With these options we will be able to correct spelling problems in different editions of Word.

5. How to change Word to Spanish proofreader on Mac

In case we have a Mac computer and we are experiencing problems with the corrector or we want to activate it, we can do the following.

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is open a Word document. At the bottom, you must click where you see the name of the configured language.

Spell Check not working in Word

Step 2

Now you will see that a window opens in which you have the option to select the language. Find the language that interests you, which in this case will be Spanish. You have to make sure that the boxes are as follows:

  • Off: Do not check spelling or grammar
  • On: Detect language automatically
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6. How to enable Word Proofreader on Mac and troubleshoot

Step 1

The first thing to do in this case is to go to the top menus to display the “tools” tab and select the “autocorrection” section.

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Step 2

In this case you will see that a window opens in which different options appear for the self-correction of the document. Select the ones that interest you to apply in your documents.

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As we have seen there are different ways to fix any errors we are experiencing with our spell checker in Word on both Windows and Mac.