Spell Check Problem?

Subject: Spell Check Problem?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "Darges, Katherine" <katherine -dot- darges -at- defensegp -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 11:00:02 -0400

Katherine Darges wondered: <<My Word document, approx 30 pages, has suddenly (it wasn't doing this yesterday) started showing that little red underline on a dozen random words. They aren't mispelled or strange words (because, operate, open...). Just to be sure I wasn't missing something, I selected "because" and checked it with spell check. The options I was given were all in FRENCH. The same with each of the other "mispelled" words. What the heck? Where did the French come in all of a sudden on those few words?>>

Clearly it's a French plot. I suspect your computer has been hijacked by anti-U.S. French cybercommandos intent on paying back your country for decades of perceived slights. <g> Here in Canada, I've seen similar problems with U.S. English becoming U.K. English, presumably for similarly sinister reasons. <g>

This is one of those relatively minor document corruptions that strikes Word for no apparent reason... I suspect it has something to do with Word's gothically (and comically) ornate .doc file format, which makes documents vulnerable to occasional bit-flips. In effect, Word simply forgets what it's doing, and it's not always easy to make it remember again.

The standard cure for document corruption is to copy the entire document _except the final paragraph marker_ into a clean new document and work from there. If necessary, you can also select the individual words that are causing you problems and reapply the correct language settings (Tools-->Language). It may take a couple tries, but it usually works.

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