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OL98: Error Message When Checking Spelling in Microsoft Outlook

Article ID: 247885

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Outlook 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q247885


If you use the spelling checker in Outlook, you may receive the following error message:

Error occurred while checking spelling. The shared Spelling component is configured incorrectly. Please run setup again.

If you have selected Microsoft Word as the e-mail editor, the spelling checker works as expected. The spelling checker works correctly in other Microsoft Office programs.


Outlook uses a registry key value to determine which spelling checker files to use. The Speller value identifies the language. For English versions, this value should be 1033\Normal.


If the Speller value is missing, or contains an incorrect data value, the spelling checker does not work.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To create or edit this registry value:

  1. Click Start, and click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK.
  3. Navigate to the following registry key:


  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value. Type Speller to name the value, and then click Enter. Double-click the new Value, type the Value data, and then click OK.

    Value Name: Speller
    Data Type: String
    Value: 1033\Normal

  5. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

    NOTE: If the error condition persists, especially if the Outlook option to Always check spelling before sending is selected, the cause may be that a custom dictionary is not configured. To configure a custom dictionary, first click the Word Tools menu, click the Spelling and Grammar tab, and then click Dictionaries. If a custom dictionary is present, ensure that a check mark is in the check box. For more information about adding custom dictionaries in Word, press F1, click the Index tab, type custom cictionary, and then click Search.

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