Grammar and Spell Check is not working in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a very useful software when it comes to writing long paragraphs with styling. Almost every writer uses Word on his/her computer. People use Microsoft Word over Notepad because – apart from the formatting options – it can detect spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and sentence formations. However, if your Grammar and Spell Checking is not working in Microsoft Word, then this post will show you how to fix the problem

Spell Check not working in Word

The reason for this problem could be many. For instance, if you have added more than one language in the system, you can get this problem. On Windows 10, if you have changed the language to use Cortana, you can get this issue with Microsoft Word. The feature can be disabled automatically. Therefore, if you are facing the same issue and want to solve the problem, carry out the following steps.

1] Open Microsoft Word. You will see the language at the bottom. It can be English (India), English (US), etc. Click on that language button.


If you have added two languages, you will get a popup like this:

Spell Check not working in Word

Now, select a language that you want to write in and make sure that the following options are unchecked:

  • Do not check spelling or grammar
  • Detect language automatically

Remove the tick mark from both of the boxes. If you do not remove the tick from “Detect language automatically”, the same error will appear when you open the Word for the second time. Now, hit the Set As Default button and click on the affirmative option.

2] If you still face the same problem, you can do the following.

Open Word and click on File. Now, go to Options > Proofing.

Under When correcting spelling and grammar in Word, you can find few options like “Check spelling as you type,” “Check grammar with spelling” and more others. Make sure that all of these are checked.

3] This can also happen if the Proofing Tools are not installed for default language. You may need to install them. You can do this via Control Panel, Uninstall a Program applet. Select Microsoft Office > Change > Add or remove features > Expand Office Shared Features > Proofing Tools.

4] Ensure that the Speller add-in is disabled. If you use English (US) then the add-in would be Speller EN-US. You can do this here – Click File tab > Options > Add-ins.

Restart your computer and check. Your Microsoft Word software should be able to detect spelling and grammar mistakes.

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