How to get Spell Check in Outlook Express

What is Spell Check Missing in Outlook Express?
Spellcheck is one of the great inventions of the computer world. If you don't know how to spell a word, you try spelling it the best you can then run spellcheck and it will correct it. I know many people who absolutely rely on spell check to make sure their emails, documents and other correspondence is spelled correctly.

However, the spellcheck function in Outlook Express can sometimes come up missing. Outlook Express relies on the  spell checker built into Microsoft Office products like Word or Works. If you do not have an MS Office product installed on your computer, then the spellcheck is missing.

So, is there a solution to this problem besides purchasing an expensive Microsoft Office products like Word or Works? Yes, there is and the cost is FREE.

Is There An Alternative to Using MS Office to Get Spell Check?

Luckily, there is a small free program you can download to install spellcheck functionality into Outlook Express. Its called Spell Checker for OE 2.1. Click on the link below to download this small program and solve the spell checking problem in Outlook Express.

http://www.geocities.com/vampirefo/   or http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=2952

Are There Other Spell Check Alternatives?

In fact there are quite a few other alternatives to adding spell check to Windows. One of the best known is IESpell, a free IE browser extension that allows you to check spelling in text input boxes on a webpage. This can come in handy for checking the spelling on web mail, forums, blogs, and more. You can read more about IESpell and download it by clicking on this link:

http://www.iespell.com

There is also a cool website that allows you to cut and paste text into a box and spellcheck it for free. Its called SpellCheck.Net  

If you are looking for a more advanced spell check that adds Merriam-Webster Word Lookup and Thesaurus along with all the normal spellcheck capabilities of Outlook Express then you may want to check out ABCSpell. To read more about ABCSpell click on the following link.

http://www.pchell.com/linkto/abcspell.shtml

What about Windows Vista?

Outlook Express has morphed into Windows Mail for the Windows Vista operating system. This product DOES have spell check built into it. However, there is one problem, many times when trying to use spellcheck in Windows Mail you'll receive the following message:

Language is no longer available for spell checking.

To fix this error message follow these steps:

1) Open Windows Mail
2) Click on Tools
3) Click on Options
4) Click on the Spelling tab
5) Under the Language section, click on another language besides English
6) Click Apply
7) Choose English under the Language section
8) Click Apply
9) Click OK
10) Create a new message and try spell check, it should now work.

 Written by Mark Hasting


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