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spelling check nightmare

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  1. remance

    remance Thread Starter

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    My details are:
    Windows 98 operating system. Installed Office 97 professional edition over Office 95 professional
    My problem is:
    My spelling checker no longer works. Instead I get a message:
    The spelling check is complete. Text set to (no proofing) was skipped. To find (no proofing) text click Edit/Replace click More, click Language, click Format and choose (no proofing).

    On following as best I could the above cryptic instructions, I found to my horror that parts of my document had been deleted. I have tried to activate the spelling check through Spelling & Grammar tab on Tools Options but without any success. I have looked at the custom dictionary. It is the same as the one I have used for years without trouble when I was running the predecessor to MS Word 97 SR-1. If I try to edit the Custom.Dic I get a message to set the Automatic Spell Checking check box in Tools Options - but there is no such box.
    If nobody can solve this problem, will the followinf work?I have two hard discs C and D. If all else fails, is it safe for me to reinstall the Office 95 version of Word on the D disk. I have Office 98 on the C disk (where I put all my programs).
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  2. punjabian263

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    don't install new copy on disk d.
    first uninstall previous copy of office.
    since you have
    , so I think there is something out of order , install new copy after cleaning your system from previous installations.
     
  3. remance

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    Thank you for your advice but if I uninstall Office 97 surely I will lose all my data files?
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    No.

    Data files are data files, not system or program files.

    It would be a sorry day that programmers made that mistake and allowed a program uninstall to remove data created by the program. Microsoft may have their faults, but thats not one of them.

    But your data should be backed up anyway, if you value it. Hard disks fail, quite often.
     
  5. remance

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    Yeah thanks for that. But uninstalling is really my Plan B. I can't see why the later Office can't spellcheck as well as (if not better than) its predecessor!
     
  6. kiwiguy

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    Of course it can spellcheck. But not if the installation failed somehow.

    Try a "Detect and Repair" operation?

    (Word - Help - Detect and Repair)
     
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  8. remance

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    Look I'm no computer genius, but WD7 Help returns a blank screen to "detect and repair" and also to "repair". The "detect" hits are UNhelpful. Uninstalling and reinstalling Office 97 using add/remove has not made any difference. Is there some remnant of Office likely to be still on my C disk (where I keep program files; datat files on D disk) that add/remove cannot access? If so, how do I eradicate these files please?
     
  9. punjabian263

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    you can store files any where in your system, to eradicate your files just right click on file and select delete, or select the file and press the delete button on your keyboard.
     
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