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When you try to run the spelling checker inside PowerPoint 4.0 or 7.0, you may get the following message:
Sorry, there is no valid speller. You should run PowerPoint Setup.
PowerPoint 7.0Run PowerPoint Setup and re-install Proofing Tools.
The PowerPoint spelling checker can work with either of the following two pairs of files. If the pairs are mismatched, the spelling check will fail. One pair represents spelling for US English and the other for British English.
Make sure one of the pairs of files is on the hard disk. The default location for these files in Windows 95 is
Country Dictionary Speller ------- ---------- ------- US Mssp2_en.lex Mssp232.dll British Mssp_am.lex Mssp32.dll
and the default location in Windows NT is:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof
If these files are missing, you will have to run Setup to restore them. If the files are present, check your Registry to make sure the information is correct:
PowerPoint 4.0, 4.0a, 4.0cDetermine if the files MSSPEL2.DLL and MSSP2_EN.LEX are located in the WINDOWS\MSAPPS\PROOF directory. If they are not present, run PowerPoint Setup to add them. If they are present, do the following:
PowerPoint 7.0When PowerPoint for Windows 95 installs, it may write incorrect information to the Registry, or it may not write all the necessary lines in the appropriate Registry key. The text string referencing the spelling .dll or the dictionary .lex file may be missing, or it may be pointing to the incorrect file.
This problem, however, has been corrected in the international releases of PowerPoint 7.0, and all releases of PowerPoint 7.0a and 7.0b. If you are experiencing this problem, the best way to fix it, is to obtain the latest release of PowerPoint.
If you do not wish to obtain the latest release of PowerPoint, or you do have the most current release of PowerPoint, and you are still experiencing the problem, please follow the steps outlined in the Resolution section below.
PowerPoint 4.0The Speller= line in POWERPNT.INI contains a pointer to the appropriate line in the [MS Proofing Tools] section of the WIN.INI. The line in the [MS Proofing Tools] section points to the actual dictionary to be used. This line can be used to set the same dictionary for all Microsoft applications.
A sample entry in the [MS Proofing Tools] section might appear as follows:
If you do not have MSSPEL2.DLL listed in WIN.INI but do have MSSPELL.DLL listed, you can use that spelling checker the same way as mentioned above.
Spelling 1033,0=C:\WINDOWS\MSAPPS\PROOF\MSSPEL2.DLL, C:\WINDOWS\MSAPPS\PROOF\MSSP2_EN.LEX
Article ID: 120126 - Last Review: September 13, 2013 - Revision: 2.1