Spell Checker does not recognize misspelled words in Word 2010

Applies to: Microsoft Word 2010


Symptom 1

Spell Checker does not recognize misspelled words in Word 2010

Symptom 2

When you click the Spelling & Grammar button in the Proofing group on the Review tab in Word 2010, you receive one of the following messages:
  • The spelling and grammar check is complete.
  • Proofing Tools are not installed for default language, try re-installing proofing tools.


This may occur for any one of the following reasons:
  • Proofing tools are not installed.
  • The Speller EN-US add-in is disabled.
  • The Do not check spelling or grammar check box is selected.
  • Another language is set as default.
  • The following subkey exists in the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\ProofingTools\1.0\Override\en-US


To resolve this problem, complete the methods that are provided in this article in the order in which they are presented. If you have previously tried one of these methods, and it did not help to resolve the problem, you can skip that method and proceed to the next one.

More Information

Does this problem occur in a different version of Microsoft Word?

To learn how to resolve this problem in a different version of Microsoft Word, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2662392 The spelling checker does not flag misspelled words in Word 2007