My spell checker suddenly stopped working. I followed all of the WORD Help instructions and checked my settings, but nothing helped. I couldn't find any problems. I can type in "mxkb" is WORD says its OK. I have applied all of the Microsoft Office updates, but no help. Any ideas? Without my spell checker, I am going to be generating some embarassing documents.
As a small addition to Diemmess' advice. Rather than delete the NORMAL.DOT entry, rename it by calling it something like NORMAL.DOT.OLD This is a safeguard just in case something dire happens and you will then be able to restore the old entry by re-renaming back to what it was.
I have searched for NORMAL.DOT and it does not seem to exist on my computer. I don't know if there is a larger problem at hand, but I also have noticed that WORD is taking longer and longer to load recently. I don't know if these two issues could have any relationship. I constantly update virus files and scan for those and other such files and don't seem to have any at this time. I am always suspicious of strange behavior and usually look to a virus as a potential cause. Should I try to reinstall WORD? My program files are on one hard drive and my work or output files are on another so I shouldn't run any risk of loosing anything. Thanks for all your help.
Check to see if your document, and/or Word, is set to (no proofing). Open Word to a blank document, select the Language option off the Tools pull down menu and then select "Set Language". It should be set to English (United Kingdom), but if it is set to "no proofing", spell checking will not take place.