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When you attempt to use the spelling or grammar features in Microsoft Word 97, nothing happens and you do not receive an error message. Also, all of the options on the Spelling and Grammar tabs in the Tools dialog box are unavailable (dimmed). (To view the Spelling and Grammar tabs, click Options on the Tools menu.)
This problem occurs with users who are members of the local Users group if the Users group does not have sufficient permissions to the following registry keys:
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
NOTE: You must be an administrator or have administrative rights to perform this procedure.
To correct this problem, use the appropriate steps to set up sufficient permissions on your version of Windows:
Quit Word. Quit Microsoft Outlook if you are using Word as your e-mail editor.
Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type Regedt32.exe and then click OK.