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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Outlook Express British and Australian English spelling

Many people still use Outlook Express as their email client and really it makes sense. Whilst as a product development stopped years ago, it was only very recently that Windows XP computers stopped selling and Windows XP comes with Outlook Express. At one stage I read over 60 million netbooks were sold and most of those would have been purchased in the last couple of years and ran Windows XP. The computer I'm using is a netbook which runs Windows XP. There really was no choice because Vista would have been a terrible experience because of performance and Windows 7 didn't exist.

My logs show about 50% of people are still using Windows XP. There is however a problem As people upgrade Microsoft Office to 2007 or 2010 the spellchecker stops working in Outlook Express and Microsoft don't provide a solution. They could if they wanted to but choose not to. When the upgrade is performed the only option they have is to spellcheck using French and that doesn't really suit many people.

To help those in this situation I provide a solution to add British English spelling to Outlook Express. For those who have an earlier copy of Office and can extract the required file, they can even have Australian spelling. I explain in the documentation I provide how this can be done.

So if you have Outlook Express and your spellchecker is no longer working as a result of upgrading to Office 2007 or 2010, or never had spellchecker because you didn't have a Microsoft product like Word or Words installed, the software I provide will provide American or British spelling, and with access to the right files, Australian English spelling.

This means you can continue to use Outlook Express until you are ready to move to another email client.

You can find the Outlook Express spelling solution using the following link.

Kelvin Eldridge

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