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Microsoft Works spell check feature.

by Big Steve / November 3, 2007 5:23 AM PDT

I have 2 computers which have Windows Home XP and both also have Microsoft Works; not Word; Works but the spell check feature on both computers must be on crack. I have deliberately typed in words spelled incorrectly and checked for spelling errors; Microsoft Works will say everytime no errors were found.

Words typed in such as Mississssipppi; beeleave; reeceeve; and so on. I consider myself a pretty decent speller but when the program doesn't recognize a spelling error such as Mississssipppi or receave; what could be the problem? Could it be that my Microsoft Works 8.0; version 08.04.0623 doesn't come with a spell check feature although there is one clearly listed?


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/03/07

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Re: Microsoft Works spell check feature.
by Big Steve / November 3, 2007 7:55 AM PDT

Did I post my question in the wrong forum? Please advise so I can post my question in the correct forum if this forum is not correct.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/03/07

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You are...
by Papa Echo / November 3, 2007 8:22 AM PDT

...in the correct forum. Just give it time- at least 6 hours. Some posts get answered days later. You only have it 2 & half hours !

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In the meantime, try...
by Papa Echo / November 3, 2007 8:30 AM PDT
In reply to: You are...

?Reinstall Works.
?Change your profile - change user, or create a new user. Your present profile could be corruptd.

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Re: In the meantime, try...
by Big Steve / November 3, 2007 11:14 AM PDT

Thanks for the info.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/03/07

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Re: In the meantime, try...
by Big Steve / November 4, 2007 8:46 AM PST

Both of these Dell computers were set up for me last year but the computer nerd who works for my brother who set everything up for me took all of the software back with him to Texas; why I don't know but that was stupid if I must say so and because of such I can't reinstall Works 8.0. Is there another free word processing program on the web I could download and install that would also have a spell check feature included with it?


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/04/07

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Yes...
by Papa Echo / November 4, 2007 3:26 PM PST

Check out Open Office . It is an office suite similar to MS Office. One virtue of it is the ability to open MS Office documents.

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Yes...
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 1:31 AM PST
In reply to: Yes...

I'll check it out. If I installed Open Office would I need to uninstall Microsoft Works 8.0 or just leave it alone?


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/05/07

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Yes...
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 2:46 AM PST
In reply to: Yes...

You got a link to Open Office? Version number?


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/05/07

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Link only.
by Kees Bakker / November 5, 2007 4:17 AM PST
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Re: Link only.
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 4:35 AM PST
In reply to: Link only.

Would that be Open Office 2.3? Thanks for the info.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/05/07

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Illegal....
by entrecon / November 5, 2007 2:16 AM PST

Unless you paid for Works it is possible that you have an illegal copy of Works running on your machine.

If, on the other hand, you did pay for it and/or it came with your PC, I would say the guy that installed it just stole it.

Either way, I would suggest as others have, that you instal Open Office.If you did pay for it and it came with your PC, you can leave Works installed with no issues. If you think it was illegally put on your machine, I would uninstall it.

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Illegal....
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 2:37 AM PST
In reply to: Illegal....

The Works 8.0 came with both of the Dell computers; either pre-installed by Dell or both computers were configured by the guy in Texas who works for my brother's company who configured both computers for me. Nothing illegal here, nothing.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/05/07

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Dell support
by entrecon / November 5, 2007 5:10 AM PST
In reply to: Illegal....

How old are the Machines?

If you bought them from Dell and Works was pre-installed, they should support it, at least for a little while.

It is also possible that the install package is right on the Machine. Dell doesn't always ship media.

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Re: Dell support
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 6:00 AM PST
In reply to: Dell support

My brother's company purchased both Dells new last year; they were installed in my house in March or May 2006. The computers belong to my brother but I'm using them. I don't do that much word processing on either Dell machine but when you deliberately type in the word "Misssissippppi" and run a spell check and receive a message saying no errors found the program must be on crack because "Mississippi" is not spelled "Misssissippppi".


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/05/07

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Check settings
by entrecon / November 5, 2007 11:54 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Dell support

Is it possible that Works is just skipping over the word because it starts with a capital letter? I don't use Works, but I know that there are settings in Word to ignore words in caps or words with numbers. Back in college I turned a paper in with the number 3 in the middle of a word and MS Word didn't correct it because the config was set to ignore words with numbers.

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Re: Check settings
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 12:07 PM PST
In reply to: Check settings

Since I don't use the software that much how would I check the settings? Advise if you would.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/05/07

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You can check.....
by Papa Echo / November 5, 2007 4:39 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Check settings

Try checking other simple words delibrately spelled wrong in the middle of a sentence. Spell-check options may be at Tools> Options. Try the help menu.

Regarding the legality of the Works installation on the two computers, try running "Belarc Advisor" on both the computers and see whether it report the same "key" of the Works installed on the two computers. LINK

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Re: You can check.....
by Big Steve / November 5, 2007 5:14 PM PST
In reply to: You can check.....

I went in and used the help menu for Microsoft Works 8.0 and I think I solved my problem. I went in and changed a few settings and it seems to be working fine now. I would test a word spelled incorrectly typed in all caps and a setting was checked to ignore all words typed in all caps which would explain why my deliberately mispelled words which were typed in all caps were being ignored. I went in and unchecked the setting to ignore all words typed in all caps and now everything seems to be working fine.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/06/07

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sorry took so long
by entrecon / November 5, 2007 10:15 PM PST
In reply to: Check settings

I don't know why I didn't register earlier that the word you suggested was capitalized. This is one of my pet peeves that this setting is turned on by default by Microsoft. Nice to have it, but let users turn it on if they want it, don't make them turn it off.

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Re: sorry took so long
by Big Steve / November 6, 2007 3:10 AM PST
In reply to: sorry took so long

Well now that I finally figured it out it seems to be working just fine. I have an older desktop in another room which is not connected to the Internet; it's an old WIN 95 machine which came installed with Microsoft Works Suite and it works differently. I could type Mississippi as "MISSSISSSSIPPI" and it would let me know that I had typed the word incorrectly; be it typed in all CAPS or not.

Something else I don't like about Works 8.0; I'll attempt to type in someone's email address; all of it in lower case and the software will always capitalize the first letter in the email address; always but I finally figured out a way to override that. I've only been using WIN XP Home SP2 for just over a year and I'm still learning but it's a big jump from WIN 95.


Big Steve
Biloxi, Mississippi
11/06/07

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