[Fixed!] Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel (4 Solutions)

The spell checker in Excel helps a lot to fix any unexpected errors in spelling. It can auto-correct or give you suggestions. But in some cases, you may face some unexpected problems when the spell check is not working in Excel. This article will provide you with 4 useful fixes to overcome those problems.


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4 Cases and Solutions: Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

To explore the fixes, we’ll use the following dataset that represents some clothes’ prices.


1. Excel Cannot Check Spell in Cell That Contains Formula

The most common problem is- you are trying to check the spelling in a formula, but it is not working! I have used the VLOOKUP function here to find the price of Hat. But I typed Haat and that’s why the formula is not working. Now let’s try the spell checker in Excel and see what happens.

Excel Cannot Check Spell in Cell That Contains Formula

Steps:

  • Click Review > Spelling.

Excel Cannot Check Spell in Cell That Contains Formula

The spell checker in Excel got no wrong spelling! The reason is Excel spell checker doesn’t work directly in formulas.

Excel Cannot Check Spell in Cell That Contains Formula

Solution:

  • Double click the word.
  • Then click Spelling.

Excel Cannot Check Spell in Cell That Contains Formula

Now have a look that a dialog box opened and showing the suggestions.

  • Select the right word and press Change.

Soon after you will get the corrected word.


2. Excel Cannot Apply AutoCorrect for Text in a Dialog Box

If you try the spell checker in a dialog box in Excel, then it won’t work. Because Excel doesn’t offer this feature.

See that I tried Conditional Formatting in Excel and then tried to use the Spelling command, but the command is unable to use in the dialog box.

Solution:

  • For this case, there is no built-in Excel feature. You will have to correct spelling manually in the dialog box.

Excel Cannot Apply AutoCorrect for Text in a Dialog Box


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3. Turn On Custom Dictionary Option If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

Spell checker always uses a dictionary to correct spells. So, if you do not turn on that custom dictionary then Excel will be failed to check the spelling. Now let me show you how to turn it on.

Steps:

  • Click on File beside the Home tab.

Turn On Custom Dictionary Option If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

  • Later, select Options from the lower part.

And soon after a dialog box will open up.

Turn On Custom Dictionary Option If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

  • Then click as follows: Proofing > Custom Dictionaries.

Another dialog box will open up.

Turn On Custom Dictionary Option If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

  • At this moment, mark all the options.
  • Finally, press OK.


4. Unprotect Sheet If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

Another major reason is maybe your sheet is protected with a password so you can only view the sheet. You will not be able to change anything or use the Spelling command. Have a look at the dataset, the command is unavailable.

Unprotect Sheet If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

Solution:

  • Click as follows: Home > Cells > Format > Unprotect Sheet.

Unprotect Sheet If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

  • At this moment, give the password and press OK.

Unprotect Sheet If Spell Check Is Not Working in Excel

Then you will get the Spelling command available.

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Conclusion

I hope the procedures described above will be good enough to fix the problem when the spell check in Excel is not working. Feel free to ask any question in the comment section and please give me feedback.


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Mithun

Hello! I am Md. Sourov Hossain Mithun. Welcome to my profile. Currently, I am working at Exceldemy as an Excel and VBA Content Developer. Excel is amazing software. Here I will post excel related useful articles. I am a graduate of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. I love to learn new things and work with them. Thank you.

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