The Spelling command in Outlook Express 6 is no longer available after you install Works 7.0

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After you install Microsoft Works 7.0, you may not be able to check the spelling in your Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 e-mail messages.

For example, when you click the Tools menu while you are in the body of a new Outlook Express e-mail message, the Spelling command is not available.
This problem may occur when the following conditions are true:
  • You had an earlier version of Microsoft Works installed.
  • You have no other programs installed that provide for common spelling files--for example, Microsoft Office programs.
When you upgraded to Works 7.0, common spelling files that were provided by the earlier version of Works were removed to prevent conflicts when checking the spelling of your Works 7.0 documents.
Outlook Express 6.0 uses the spelling checker that is provided with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or Microsoft PowerPoint. If you do not have one of these programs installed, the Spelling command is not available. If you install any one of these programs, or Microsoft Works Suite 2004 (Works Suite 2004 includes Microsoft Word), the Spelling command is available.

To find this information in Outlook Express, follow these steps:
  1. Start Outlook Express.
  2. On the Help menu, click Contents and Index.
  3. On the Search tab, type Spelling in the Type in the keyword to find box, and then click List Topics.
  4. In the Select topic to display box, click Check the spelling in messages, and then click Display.

Article ID: 832537 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 05:28:37 - Revision: 2.0

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