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December 1, 2010

Why is spelling greyed out for me in Windows Live Writer?

Filed under: Live Writer, Spell check, Wave 3, Wave 4 — Tags: , , , — Aaron Bregel @ 8:00 PM

I have really been ignoring what search terms land people at my blog but there are a lot of things that it looks like people might need help with that I have not blogged about yet.  One of the search terms from yesterday was “spell check greyed out in Live Writer”. 

Spell Check in Windows Live Writer 

If you ever run into this, what has happened is your dictionary language has been set to “(None)”.  I cannot explain why this might be the case but there is an easy fix.  Bring up the Options dialog (drop the Blog accounts drop down and select Manage blog accounts) and then select Spelling and then select the dictionary language you want to check spelling in.  The Spelling option will no longer be greyed out in the ribbon.

Live Writer Options dialog


  1. and wouldn’t it be nice for Windows Live Writer to notice this and simply ask the use which dictionary they’d like to use and avoid this issue altogether?

    I would think so, but then again I often wonder what kind of world programmers world looks like; and do they make their own cars and are they missing the break pedals?

    Always a pleasure…

    Until next time,
    Larry Henry Jr.

    Comment by Larry Henry — December 1, 2010 @ 8:30 PM

    • Well there are a set of users that do not want to have a dictionary at all. They do not want to see all of the red squiggles.

      Comment by Aaron Bregel — December 1, 2010 @ 9:16 PM

      • Ah. That explains why I can’t read most of these blasted blog posts… ;D
        But it seems odd that Microsoft Office Word has this ON by default. You would think ‘sperwling’ would be one of those things you want to be good at?

        I appreciate all the work you put in to it…
        Have a nice day…

        Until next time,
        Larry Henry Jr.

        Comment by Larry Henry — December 2, 2010 @ 10:32 AM

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