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Spell Check in Outlook 2010 not working?

Posted: Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 by Ted

We recently ran across an issue with one of our customers who upgraded only Outlook to 2010 while keeping the rest of Office at 2007. They called in stating that Outlook’s spell checker wasn’t working anymore so Kevin found the fix:

When users upgrade just Outlook, not the whole Office Suite, it doesn’t know where to look for Word as its editor, since it is also looking for Word 2010. This means the auto correct features won’t work. Here is the fix:

All you have to do is copy winword.exe to the office14 folder.


Copy Winword.exe from here C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\


C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

Make sure that you copy, not move the file or there could be other issues that you’ll run across but this will do the trick!

69 Responses to “Spell Check in Outlook 2010 not working?”

  1. Nessie says:

    Excellent soluton! Thanks

  2. peter says:

    thanks, t worked great.

  3. Mark de Hoo says:

    YES YES YES. Thank you very much. Ths worked perfectly. However f you use a 64 bt wndows verson use the fles Program fles (x86)

  4. Sabari Muthu Raja says:

    Excellent Fx!! Thank you very much

  5. gus says:

    Brllant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. pijush says:

    too good… was tred of formattng and spell check not workng n outlook 2010…
    knew the cause but not the soluton…

    t all ok now…thanks :)

  7. CraigT says:

    I have Word 2010 and Outlook 2010. Ths dd not help me. I get the automatc spellng/grammar checkng AND automatc carrage returns when I am REPLYING to an emal. If I am generatng a brand new emal, the spellng/grammar checkng/auto carrage return goes manual. Very frustratng.

  8. Download Scanpst says:

    It work very well. I used ths and feel good after usng ths steps.

  9. david says:

    Thanks – ths s great. t also works the other way around – f you have outlook 2007 and word 2010 then just copy wnword.exe from offce14 to offce12.

  10. jm says:

    Works perfectly!!

  11. Dan Sutherst says:

    We have just upgraded our Offce sute from 2003 to 2010 wth the excepton of Outlook (due to an add n ncompatblty). I have tred to copy the new WnWord.exe from 2010 (offce 14 folder) to the Offce 11 folder and ths allows me to select Word as the emal edtor whch s ddn’t before. Only problem s when t tres to open a new emal t errors because Word 2003 sn’t nstalled. Any deas?


  12. Daphne says:

    I have Wnword.exe n offce14 folder but not offce 12 folder. How do I fx spell check not workng problem?

  13. Ted says:

    Daphne, you can Copy Wnword.exe from here C:\Program Fles\Mcrosoft Offce\Offce14\

  14. zimzou says:

    merc pour la soluton super !

  15. Junaid Abrar says:

    Works lke a charm… keep t up :-)

  16. Viji says:


    Same as Daphne, I could not fnd wnword.exe n folder12. from whch locaton need to take a wnword.exe to offce14

  17. Aviator1753 says:

    Thanks for great soluton! I have MS Home & Student 2007 and Outlook 2010. It was very annoyng that Outlook wouldn’t spell check as I typed. Your fx corrected the spellng. – Thanks

  18. bpd says:

    Ths soluton does not seem to work for 2003 Word wth 2010 Outlook. I coped the wnword.exe fle from C:\Program Fles (x86)\Offce2003\OFFICE11 to C:\Program Fles\Mcrosoft Offce\Offce14; closed and reopened Outlook and stll no synonyms show up when wrtng e-mals (“no suggestons” and “Thesaurus” are greyed out). Usng Wndows 7 Professonal Edton.

    Dd I do the process correctly? Any suggestons would be apprecated! Thanks.

  19. Joseph says:

    The s a easy fx and works! Thanks so much, you have saved me hours tryng to work ths out.

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