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Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Creative Writer 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Creative Writer 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Creative Writer 1.1a
  • Microsoft Creative Writer 1.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Creative Writer 1.1 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Creative Writer 1.1a for Macintosh

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If you choose the Speller but it does not spell check your document or catch misspelled words, your dictionary file may have been damaged or deleted.

Creative Writer won't let you know if your thesaurus or dictionary files get damaged or are deleted. If the dictionary is missing and you choose to spell check your document, Spike appears with the message "I finished checking your spelling," even though the Speller has not checked the document or corrected any spelling.

If the dictionary or thesaurus files are missing, Creative Writer should generate an error message letting you know that you need to reinstall them.


If the Speller does not seem to be spell checking your document and does not catch misspelled words, check the words - are they capitalized? Creative Writer's spell checker does not check capitalized words, because it assumes they are proper nouns, such as names.

If you verify that the words are not capitalized, and are not being checked, exit from Creative Writer and reinstall it. This should restore your dictionary and thesaurus files.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


The following are the default locations of the dictionary and thesaurus in Creative Writer:

Operating System  Tool        Location
----------------  ----        --------
Windows           Dictionary  MSKIDS\WRITER\SPELL.DCT
Windows           Thesaurus   MSKIDS\WRITER\THES.DCT
Macintosh         Dictionary  MSKids:Creative Writer:Spelling Dictionary
Macintosh         Thesaurus   MSKids:Creative Writer:Thesaurus Dictionary

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