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Thursday Tip Day: Spelling in Microsoft Word, and Security

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This is an “interesting” one- particularly if you manage a lot of windows pcs in a domain, so you have domain users and local users on your pc…

I started getting complaints from people that the spell-checker in word didn’t work. What they meant was that the spelling and grammar options simply weren’t available to them. I checked that the language was set, and found that it wasn’t, and not only that, but it didn’t seem to persist if I did set it, even if I set it as the default. When I tried to close the document after some time messing around with it, I got a message telling me that I had tried to make a change to the normal template but that I didn’t have permission to do that.

In a bit of a light-bulb moment, I temporarily set Domain Users on the pc to be members of the local Administrator group. That worked- suddenly all the spelling and grammar options were available. Now I just have to dial back that security setting until I can allow people to check spelling and still keep my IT boss happy!