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Mail: Changing Dictionaries from American to British English

Article ID: 102401

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102401


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.

To change your dictionary in Microsoft Windows NT Mail from the default lexicon, American English, to British English, use the following procedure:

Note: You may need Administrator privileges to perform this procedure.

  1. Ensure that the British English lexicon file, MSP32_BR.LEX, is in the \SYSTEM32 subdirectory.
  2. In Registry Editor, open one of the following hives:


    If you want to modify the dictionaries of all subsequent users on this machine, choose the HKEY_USERS key and go to the DEFAULT key. If you want to modify only the dictionary of the current user, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

  3. Select the following subkey:

  4. If there is no MS Proofing Tools subkey under Mail, choose Add Key from the Edit menu and add the following subkey:

    MS Proofing Tools

  5. Select the MS Proofing Tools subkey. Using the Add Value option of the Edit menu, add the following two values:

    Spelling : REG_SZ : Spelling 2057,0
    Spelling 2057,0 : REG_SZ : mspell32.dll,msp32_br.lex

    Note: Copy the spacing here exactly for value name and value.
  6. Save changes and exit Registry Editor.

The next time you start Mail, your dictionary should be set up for British English.

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