Any MS Word Experts in the House? PROBLEM SOLVED

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Problem solved, thanks folks!

For some reason, MS Word suddenly decided to start correcting spelling using the UK English dictionary. Since I'm from the US, it should be using the US English dictionary.

I'm using MS Word Starter 2010. I opened the options, and changed it back from UK to US English, but it is still telling me color should be colour, caliber should be calibre, and so on ... even with US English still selected.

It's basically on this one document. If I start a new doc it uses US English like it should. Shutting down and restarting the program doesn't help. It might have gotten switched when I was viewing some PLR, I don't know. I didn't change it manually, I know that. But now this one document I was working on is stuck in UK mode.

Anyone know how to correct this stupid behavior and make it work right again?
  • Profile picture of the author pjCheviot
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    Hi Dennis

    If this is just one document, try this

    Before trying to change it - use ctrl+a to highlight all of the text first.
    Then use options to change the dictionary to US

    Normally works?

    Also at any time - use Shift+F1 to reveal the Formatting (which includes Language setting)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Thanks PJ, but I already tried that. It was already set to US. I also tried copying and pasting the entire contents into a new document. That didn't work either.
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  • Profile picture of the author pjCheviot
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    Dennis

    When you are in the document - press F7 to reveal the spell checker - what does the Dictionary Language in the window say?
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    • Profile picture of the author Janet Sawyer
      Hi Dennis,

      From the ribbon choose Review----> Languages.

      When the box opens to set the default language make sure that the box at the bottom is not ticked, because if it is then the document will detect the language automatically and over ride your US English choice.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by pjCheviot View Post

        Dennis

        When you are in the document - press F7 to reveal the spell checker - what does the Dictionary Language in the window say?
        PJ, it doesn't show a dictionay there. It makes a UK spelling suggestion for the first word it doesn't like. If I click the Options button and the Custom Dictionaries button from the Proofing tag it shows US English as the default.

        Originally Posted by Janet Sawyer View Post

        Hi Dennis,

        From the ribbon choose Review----> Languages.

        When the box opens to set the default language make sure that the box at the bottom is not ticked, because if it is then the document will detect the language automatically and over ride your US English choice.
        Janet, I don't have a Review area or button. This is MS Word Starter 2010, it's different from the previous version of Word, which it sounds like you're referring to. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

        There are a couple ways I can get into where you choose the dictionary, and US English is selected both ways.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    ... and then he switched to LibreOffice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
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    Try turning off automatic language detection. See if that works.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      Check spelling and grammar - Office Starter - Office.com

      Try turning off automatic language detection. See if that works.
      Mark
      Mark, that did it! I don't know how I missed that. I looked at that pop-up menu several times, but the first couple of searches keep talking about changing dictionaries, so I guess I had "dictionary" on my mind.

      Thanks bud!
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        Mark, that did it! I don't know how I missed that. I looked at that pop-up menu several times, but the first couple of searches keep talking about changing dictionaries, so I guess I had "dictionary" on my mind.

        Thanks bud!
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