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Microsoft KB Archive/173456

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WD97: Using the Dutch, French, German, Or Spanish Grammar Checker in the Background May Result in High CPU Use or Flickering Text

Article ID: 173456

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173456


When you use the French, Dutch, Spanish, or German grammar checkers to automatically check spelling and grammar as you type, you may notice any of the following:

  • High central processing unit (CPU) use.


  • Flickering text on your screen.


  • The grammar checker may stop processing and Word may appear to hang.


When Word encounters certain groups of characters, the Grammar Checker does not stop and continues processing the document.


To correct this problem, obtain Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2).

To temporarily work around this problem, turn off Check Grammar As You Type. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, Click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  2. Under Grammar click to clear Check Grammar As You Type.
  3. Click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Word for Windows versions listed above. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Office 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2).

For additional information about SR-2, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

151261 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-2

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