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    Annie Woughman Guest

    Spell check?

    I've only had my Vista based computer for a week, so I'm still trying to
    find my way around. For years I used Outlook Express for newsgroups and so
    Windows Mail is a whole new trip. Today I was posting and when I tried to
    run spell check I was told that this option was no longer available for this
    language. What the heck? No English spell check?


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    Dave Guest

    Re: Spell check?

    It has American English, not British English.
    If it says it's unavailable, select another language, then go back and
    select English.

    --
    http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview

    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > I've only had my Vista based computer for a week, so I'm still trying to
    > find my way around. For years I used Outlook Express for newsgroups and
    > so Windows Mail is a whole new trip. Today I was posting and when I tried
    > to run spell check I was told that this option was no longer available for
    > this language. What the heck? No English spell check?

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    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:5659B24C-3798-4028-B11E-EB09FCCFCEEB@xxxxxx

    > I've only had my Vista based computer for a week, so I'm still trying to
    > find my way around. For years I used Outlook Express for newsgroups and
    > so Windows Mail is a whole new trip. Today I was posting and when I tried
    > to run spell check I was told that this option was no longer available for
    > this language. What the heck? No English spell check?
    You might get answers for Windows Mail faster in this newsgroup if
    you need any more:

    microsoft.public.windows.vista.mail

    However, I know the answer to that problem: Windows Mail comes
    with the default language for spell checks only partly set to English,
    not enough for it to work. To correct this, click on Tools, then
    Options, then Spelling, then the triangle to the right of English,
    then some other language, then Apply, then the triangle again,
    then English, then Apply again, then OK.



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    Re: Spell check?

    Quote Originally Posted by Annie Woughman View Post
    For years I used Outlook Express for newsgroups and so Windows Mail is a whole new trip...
    Rather than climb the Win Mail learning curve, give MS Live Mail a spin. It's less annoying, spell-check works out of the box (though still gets 'colour' wrong), autocomplete works, and, despite the 'Live' you can hide the trendy extras and have a more OE-ish interface.

    Win Mail begins to look like a stop-gap measure to meet the Vista release deadline.

    Last edited by cpemma; 10 Feb 2008 at 01:25 PM.
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    Ildhund Guest

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    "cpemma" <cpemma.34kuf2@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > Annie Woughman;608225 Wrote:

    >> For years I used Outlook Express for newsgroups and so Windows Mail is a
    >> whole new trip...
    > Rather than climb the Win Mail learning curve, give 'MS Live Mail'
    > (http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview) a spin. It's less annoying,
    > spell-check works out of the box (though still gets 'colour' wrong),
    If you're looking for British English spell checking (so colour is accepted
    but color gets a wiggly red line), open spell.ini
    (in %programfiles%/Windows Live/Mail/Proof/prf0009/2) and change lang=1033
    to lang=2057.
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    Re: Spell check?

    Test color colour
    Thanks, Noel!

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    Baffin Guest

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    Ildhund, thanks for the tip!!

    To do edit the spell.ini file on Vista, I had to start Notepad by
    right-clicking in the Start menu and selecting 'Run as administrator'

    Annie: I agree with another poster about switching to Windows Live Mail --
    I found the "Windows Mail" that came with Vista to be horribly limited (I
    have multiple POP accounts) and off-putting. It's strange Microsoft did that
    to people (who would likely be coming from XP's Outlook Express) and is
    apparently still doing it.

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    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Spell check?

    Hi, Annie.

    As the others have said, we are all once again victims of Microsoft's name
    games. :>(

    You posted your message using Windows Mail, the OE replacement that is in
    every copy of Vista, including those millions (billions?) of DVDs still on
    the retailers' shelves. Peer-to-peer support for WM is not in this
    newsgroup, but in microsoft.public.windows.vista.mail.

    Many of us have found the newer Windows Live Mail and we like WLM much
    better than WM. A year ago, WLM was still in beta and was then known as
    Windows Live Mail Desktop - thus the extra word still in the name of this
    newsgroup. To get your free copy of WLM, go to the URL that cpemma gave
    you: http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview

    When you install WLM, it will seem to remove WM, but it removes only the
    shortcut and icon. The app is still there and can be run from Start | All
    Programs; you can even recreate the shortcut and icon if you like. You can
    run WM and WLM side by side, since each maintains its own Message Store, and
    each is set by default to Leave Messages on the Server. You can run both
    of them for a few weeks to see which one you prefer.

    OE won't run in Vista; WM won't run in WinXP; WLM will run in both WinXP and
    Vista. OE uses the spell checker built into Office, or you can use a
    third-party spell checker. WM and WLM can't use the Office dictionary, but
    each has its own built in spell checker; you just have to start over to
    create your own custom additions to it.

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)

    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:5659B24C-3798-4028-B11E-EB09FCCFCEEB@xxxxxx

    > I've only had my Vista based computer for a week, so I'm still trying to
    > find my way around. For years I used Outlook Express for newsgroups and
    > so Windows Mail is a whole new trip. Today I was posting and when I tried
    > to run spell check I was told that this option was no longer available for
    > this language. What the heck? No English spell check?


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    "R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > OE uses the spell checker built into Office, or you can use a
    > third-party spell checker. WM and WLM can't use the Office dictionary,
    > but
    > each has its own built in spell checker; you just have to start over to
    > create your own custom additions to it.
    If "start over" means what I think it means, then that's not necessary, RC.
    The custom dictionaries in both Office (at least up to 2003) and WLMail are
    simple text files, so if you have built up a substantial glossary of terms
    over the years - as many people do in, say, the medical or legal
    professions - which is carefully stored in your custom.dic, you can just
    open it in Notepad and then copy and paste it into your WLMail custom
    dictionary. This is called something like langxxxx.lex in
    %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live
    Mail\Proof. The xxxx varies from language to language. My custom.dic lives
    in %appdata%\Microsoft\Proof. It's even worth doing if all custom.dic
    contains are names of people and places you use regularly.
    --
    Noel



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    Re: Spell check?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baffin View Post
    Ildhund, thanks for the tip!!

    To do edit the spell.ini file on Vista, I had to start Notepad by
    right-clicking in the Start menu and selecting 'Run as administrator'
    I had an even more convoluted experience. I have Notepad as a 'Send to...' option and tend to use it by habit, but found I couldn't save the edited file back to that folder. I was allowed to copy it to desktop, edit, and move back.

    However, I then found 'Edit' on the context menu worked fine, no problem with the subsequent 'Save'. I don't understand Vista "security".

    Quote Originally Posted by R C White
    ...each is set by default to Leave Messages on the Server.
    Or you can change to leave for x days or delete once downloaded; be aware that with many mail services your mail box in the sky is not unlimited capacity.

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