Word cannot start the spelling checker – Word 2011

word 2011, word 2011 mac officeJust installed Mac Word 2011 and encounter this “Word cannot start the spelling checker. The spelling checker files may be missing. Make sure the spelling checker files are installed or use the Microsoft Office Installer to install the spelling checker.”

To solve “word cannot start the spelling checker”, follow the steps below:-


  • Start your Word 2011, Go to Preferences
  • Click on “Spelling and Grammars”
  • Un-tick “Check Spelling as you type”
  • Un-tick “Check Grammar as you type”
  • Click “OK”
  • Done, it should be temporarily solve this problem.

* This is just a temporarily solution.

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8 Responses to “Word cannot start the spelling checker – Word 2011”

  1. Sigit Mursidi says:

    Affirmative Nikita above. I got the same problem. The suggestion to go to Preference DOESN’T WORK because Words (2010) simply hung up and I have to “Force Quit” it. This is awfully annoying. I will find solution tomorrow or I will quit this contraption and move back to my PC.

  2. Nikita says:

    My dear friends,
    All what is published here does not really solve the problem, In all the solutions published online people who want to help write “Go to Preferences” and etc.
    People, this is the thing which you don’t understand – you cannot go to Preferences menu or any other menu in Word! Personally I cannot do that. The only thing I can do is to Force quit by pressing ESC+COMMAND+OPTION

    So please when you offer solution – offer a complete one. Thanks.

  3. Alex says:

    We have just installed Word 2011 on our Mac but cannot type anything at all- the characters simply do not appear on screen. Help!

  4. Patricia says:

    thanks a lot

  5. Andrew says:

    Thanks for the tip, Rob. Fixed it for me.

  6. chua says:

    Microsoft said in their form tat this problem will be fix in the coming Service Pack.

  7. dheyo says:

    How do we actually fix it? The above, really, isnt a solution, its just brushing the problem under the rug.
    How many of us do really write correct spelling all the time?

  8. Rob says:

    Select all the text in your doc. Go to Tools/Language. Choose the right language, like English(US), and make sure the Do not check spelling or grammar check-box is NOT selected.

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