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Okay, this is just odd. For that fic that I'm working on, spellcheck refuses to work. Here's the error.

Word cannot find the spelling file MSSpell3.dll or mssp232.dll for .

The plot thickens, though.

It *does* work for everything else. Well, every random file I've opened. I can spellcheck pretty much everything *but* this document. And copy/pasting to a new document does *not* trick it. Stupid Word. This is the 2002 edition, that I've hated since I started using it. I'm going to get my old version and install it. It also did HTML conversions, while this one converts to--what the hell *is* that anyway? XML?

I don't have *time* to half-learn another language, dammit.

Anyone have a theory, toss it out. I'm using my email to spellcheck, which is *damned* annoying, since I hand correct every time I find an error, and that takes a while. And I'm not convinced it is using my custom dictionary settings, though it could be and I'm just really doing a number on the words.

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bonibaru is keeping up on LJ Pointless Poll Day. Seriously, that's a lot of polls. I mean, a lot of polls.

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London is writing again. This is where I bliss out.

Easing Down Hard, which follows Playing With Knives, which follows the other three, and they all kick ass and make me happy.


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This error happens for me when the file is copied from the web, etc. What actually works, sucky as it sounds, is to save the file as text only and then close it. Then open the text file and save it as a word doc. Then the spellcheck and grammar check should work. Or, that's what I do.

*blinks* Yeah, I copied several paragraphs from my LJ--that's the problem?

*blinks more*

Okay, that at least gives me a cause/effect going on. It never had that problem with AIM convos. Hmm. I'll have to make a note of that.

And thank you *so much* for teh solution. I'm going to try that. It's actually making me shaky not to be able to spellcheck. I just know I misspelled 'the' fifty thousand times and never noticed.

*g* It's my number one misspell. How sad.

What I've found is that Word sometimes thinks when you've copied from a web page like lj that you've chosen this specific 'style' and it won't edit it at all. V. frustrating. And choosing select all and changing the style doesn't work at all. But saving as text only wipes out all signs of style or anything and then Word stops being stupid.

You're lucky you just get an error message - my Word crashes if I forget to do this because it gets caught in some weird loop of checking and not checking. Stupid Word.

What I've found is that Word sometimes thinks when you've copied from a web page like lj that you've chosen this specific 'style' and it won't edit it at all. V. frustrating. And choosing select all and changing the style doesn't work at all. But saving as text only wipes out all signs of style or anything and then Word stops being stupid.

Heh, I just tried that a few minutes ago, too. Just to see.

You're lucky you just get an error message - my Word crashes if I forget to do this because it gets caught in some weird loop of checking and not checking. Stupid Word.


Heh. On my old computer? Would have crashed. *Everything* made my computer crash. Breathing on it made it crash.

God, I remember the crashes.

I think somewhere, Bill Gates gets little happies every time his software makes us cry. Like an angel getting its wings, but eviler.

Thanks! Fixed the problem! :D
Google search and this is the fourth reference. ;)

That just happened to me too! I eventually retyped the whole thing. Nothing else worked. I'm wondering if I have some sort of strange virus.

Heh. I was vaguely wondering that too. I mean, everything *but* that doc?

Check out callmesandy's solution. That is like, genius there. And I totally forgot to ask how she figured that out.

It is a brilliant solution. It was totally only that one file. And it had been a story I was typing up, nothing that I had pasted in. It was so frustrating! Luckily, I only had 600 words.

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*growls*

What was Word *thinking*? It's *impossible* to code it unless you know what the hell it's *doing*.

Dreamweaver? Hmm. I need to look that up. Before I go crazy and start thinking I should hand code every story myself.

*shivers* Scary.

Have you ruled out evil computer elves?

I never, ever rule out evil computer elves. I honestly think they may be the reason for every thing that goes wrong on a computer.

I wonder what one uses as bait to trap them?

*looks at computer speculatively*

I have the spell check program from http://www.iespell.com/ downloaded on my computer. It lets you spell check pretty much any where and it's very helpful in replying to email.

Ooh. Thanks for the link. Does it have custom dictionary settings?

You mean where you can add a word to the dictionary? Yes.
I have a deadly combo of not being able to type and being slightly dyslexic, iespell is a god-send.

Word is way too smart.

I have weird problems with it sometimes, like with format or something. I try to copy and paste the problem file into a new file and it's always like, "Mmhmm, bitch, I know what you're doing." Then I'm sad.

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