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How to fix the Outlook Express spelling checker when the French Dictionary is the only dictionary

How to fix the Outlook Express spelling checker when the French Dictionary is the only dictionary

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A few days ago I was working on a new laptop and I noticed that after I installed Office 2007 the English dictionary in Outlook Express had been changed to the French dictionary. I also noticed that I was unable to change it back to the English dictionary. I have been able to fix this in the past by just going in to Outlook and selecting the dictionary that I wanted to use, and it would take care of this for Outlook Express as well. This time was different and it did not fix it. So after some research I found an easy way to fix this. There is a spelling checker you can install for Outlook Express that will reinstall the default English Dictionary. Download Spell Checker For OE.

NOTE: This application has no spyware or adaware!


  • Thank you so much!

    i had the same problem... installed office 2k7 and outlook express only had a french dictionary.

    this did the trick however

    thank you

  • As my old dictionary would say, "Tres cool! Merci beaucoup" :^ ). Thanks a lot for this. I installed it and, not only was the English dictionary there, it was already set as the default. Thanks again, Chuck

  • Thanks!  I too had the same problem and this fixed it.  Hope it has not as yet unforeseen effects elsewhere!  I had the OUTLLOK 2007 Beta and this did not happen.  thanks Suzanne

  • Wow!  I love it when you can find a solution (no thanks to Microsoft's support pages, mind you) without too much pain & suffering.  I was able to send this link to my Dad who was struggling with the same issue -- and within minutes, he replied saying it was fixed!  Thanks much, Dave!

  • Many many thanks for this information. You are a Star!  Ian

  • Found this and it works great!

    ....... install just the proofing tools from your previous version of Office (using the custom install option).  You can get them from any older Office suite or application - including FrontPage, Publisher or standalone versions of Word, Excel, or Outlook.

    To install just the proofing tools from Office 2003, run Office setup and choose the custom option. Uncheck all programs in the list and add a check to choose the options at the bottom of the programs list. No the nest screen, set each top level item to be Not Available (red X icon). Expand the Office Shared Features branch and locate Proofing tools in the list. Expand proofing tools and choose English, setting it to Run from my computer. Finish the installation.

    Once installed, restart OE - go to Tools, Options and verify Spelling is configured to use the correct English dictionary.

  • Ok hears one for you... before I got to this page

    I read that I neededto find a csapi3t1.dll file and to place it where they said ( don't remeber where now)and it would work but it did not? then I found this page downloaded the software but it now frezes outlook express when I try to send if I switch back to french it works? I want to remember the file but I cant remember where I placed it any body have a clue?


  • Hmmmm Shame it's English (US) not UK, so you get all those silly Z's in things like organise!

  • They do have some other versions that you can buy that are commercial from what i saw :)

  • Thanks so much for this tip, was at my wit's end!

  • How to I get it from english (US) to Australia.

    Great program, but this is a minor niggle.

  • Works great! I've been looking for days! Thank you!

  • Here another fix.

    Problem: spell check in OE comes up in French

    (only for students that are have XP for OS and MS Office 2007 installed)

    Cause: OE spell check dictionary is pulling from MS Office 2007 which is default in French

    Fix:   Have the student open their MS Office word 2007>

    Click the MS Office Icon

    Go down to word options button

    Click on proofing

    Put a check in (suggest from main dictionary only)

    Click the drop down button by – dictionary languages

    Go down and select English (united states)

    Click ok twice

    Restart their OE and try again to use the spell check

  • Much thanks.   Worked effortlessly

  • So glad I found this.  Google is a wonderful thing, and this website is great.  Thanks.

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