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Spell check?

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Annie Woughman

#1
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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#2
It has American English, not British English.
If it says it's unavailable, select another language, then go back and
select English.

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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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Guest

#3
"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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cpemma

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#4
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.
 
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Ildhund

#5
"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.
--
Noel
 

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Baffin

#7
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

#8
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
--
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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Ildhund

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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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cpemma

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#10
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". :confused:

R C White said:
...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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R. C. White

#11
Hi, Noel.

Thanks for the tip. I've been using WLM for about 9 months now, so my
custom dictionary is pretty well customized for me. But I'll keep that in
mind if I have to reinstall it from scratch for any reason.

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)

"Ildhund" <jnllb@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> "R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:uuvpUHQbIHA.536@xxxxxx
>

>> 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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Peter.R

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"R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> 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.
Actually, WLMail 1606 does not hide the Windows Mail shortcuts like
previous builds did, and it un-hides any Windows Mail shortcuts previously
hidden by earlier versions of WLMail.

This change of tact was due to the amount of feedback in response to the
hidden shortcuts.

--
Cheers,
Peter
(Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Live Mail 12.0.1606)
"There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in
your philosophy." - Shakespeare
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...winston

#13
For some reason I recall dragging the WM shortcut from an archived Quick
Launch shortcut folder back to the primary Quick Launch folder in Vista..I
may have done it so fast by ritual/wrote without having realized if it
copied and replaced an existing.

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ms-mvp windows live mail


"Peter.R" <Peter.R@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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"R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> 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.
Actually, WLMail 1606 does not hide the Windows Mail shortcuts like
previous builds did, and it un-hides any Windows Mail shortcuts previously
hidden by earlier versions of WLMail.

This change of tact was due to the amount of feedback in response to the
hidden shortcuts.

--
Cheers,
Peter
(Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Live Mail 12.0.1606)
"There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in
your philosophy." - Shakespeare
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#14
Thanks Peter,
I did not know that.


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"Peter.R" <Peter.R@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> [snipped...]
>
> "R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:uuvpUHQbIHA.536@xxxxxx
>

>> 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.
>
> Actually, WLMail 1606 does not hide the Windows Mail shortcuts like
> previous builds did, and it un-hides any Windows Mail shortcuts previously
> hidden by earlier versions of WLMail.
>
> This change of tact was due to the amount of feedback in response to the
> hidden shortcuts.
>
> --
> Cheers,
> Peter
> (Windows Vista Home Premium with Windows Live Mail 12.0.1606)
> "There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in
> your philosophy." - Shakespeare
> ---------------
 

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#16
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?
Hello Friends.

When ever you install Office 2007 on XP computer or Vista computer the Dictionary file of Outlook Express and Windows mail gets overwritten by Office 2007 dictionary.

Here is the resolution of this issue, just open the below link and install the small software and everything will be working fine.

Click Here.

Alright, Enjoy.....
 

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