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Spell check not working on Microsoft Teams desktop

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I have an office365 account and I am running the desktop version of Microsoft Teams on Windows 10.  Spell check is not working.  I have read through many items on the community and internet posts and haven't found anything of help.  I am hoping someone has resolved this issue.

 

When I say that it isn't working, I mean that it doesn't underline misspelled words as you can see in the screen shot.  The app on my phone works fine.

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In one of the posts that I read I heard that someone said it wasn't supported on the desktop version.  I really hope that isn't the case, if it is, it is a huge oversight. However on some other posts I have seen people state that it was working for them on the desktop client.

 

I have followed the suggestions of exiting the client, deleting the language file found in the C:\Users\<USERPROFILE>\appdata\roaming\Microsoft\teams\dictionaries location.  I have verified that it is recreated when teams starts back up and that it has the correct size.  I am hoping someone has solved this and can help me.

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Mine works here in desktop client after typing a word and hitting space or typing other words assuming they don't have a match.
From what I've seen under settings > languages is it set to English US? It used to only work on that language not sure if they expanded or not yet.
best response confirmed by ThereseSolimeno (Microsoft)
Solution

Dear @jharmon , hope you are doing well.

I had the same problem - i.e. spell check is not working in teams. I deleted the content of the C:\Users\appdata\roaming\Microsoft\teams\dictionaries folder, restarted Teams, but the issue persisted.

This is how I solved the problem: 

# I opened the log.txt file located in "C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams" folder.

# I found the following error "error -- spellCheckerService initialization failed: Message: es-419 is not a valid language code"

Which means es-49 (Spanish - Latin America) is not supported by the spellCheckerService.

# I removed Spanish - Latin America configuration from the preferred languages in Windows (I am using Windows 10): Windows Settings -> Time & Language -> Language -> Preferred Languages

# Restarted the computer (just to be on the safe side)

# Logged in on Teams --> and it worked.

 

Note: English-US is the default language in my computer. Yet, Teams tried to set the Spell Check service to Spanish Latin America for some reason.

Note2: In your case, the spellCheckerService may be trying to initialize using a different language. 

 

Hope it helps,

-F

 

@jharmon 

My issues were correct words being marked as misspelled and few correct suggestions for other misspelled words. But reading your post helped point me in the right direction, and maybe it could resolve your issue as well.
I went to C:\Users\<USERPROFILE>\appdata\roaming\Microsoft\teams\dictionaries as you mentioned and hoped there was a way to get a better dictionary file.  All research said no way to update what comes with Teams. But when I tried to find more about *.bdic files in general I discovered that it is the format created by google for the chrome browser.  Since deleting the old one does not harm Teams because it can just regenerate a new one, I figured what harm could it do to use my chrome one.  Copied the chrome one into the teams folder and renamed it to the Teams name and voila! My misspelled words now have correct suggestions and my correctly spelled words are showing as correctly spelled. path to other dictioanry file is: C:\Users\<USERPROFILE>\appdata\roaming\chrome\data\ (look for the *.bdic file)
Not the same thing as you, I know, but I thought it could be related or help anyone else who lands here in their search for spell check problems.  

@fabiortthank you very much for sharing this solution with us. It really saved my day. I also had two preferred languages and no natter English was default Teams failed to initialize spell checker. Hope they will fix this soon.

Thanks, man! I had this problem for a long time. Thanks for the accurate steps!
Cheers!
Igor

@AndrewClark I just deleted the file located at C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams\dictionaries\en-US.bdic and restarted Teams.. all is well

@AndrewClark   Thanks for the great lead on changing dictionaries!

 

In my case I found all the en-US-?-?.bdic google dictionaries here:

%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data

and all the teams dictionaries here:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\dictionaries

 

Also I found the dictionaries can be edited
https://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/editing-the-spell-checking-dictionaries

@jharmon I tried all of the methods below and none work. What I did was uninstall Teams from the computer then deleted the Microsoft Teams folder from C:\Users\<USERPROFILE>\appdata\roaming and the Teams folder from C:\Users\<USERPROFILE>\appdata\roaming\Microsoft.  Once I deleted those 2 folders I reinstalled office and the issue was resolved. It worked!!!!! Also noting that just uninstalling and reinstalling does work unless you delete the folders before the reinstall. 

@fabiort 

 

I hope Microsoft figures out a fix for this lol. I don't want to have to disable my other languages,

I have the same problem, and I use Teams in both languages. I really don't know how to fix that, I don't need it for Spanish, and everything on my laptop is set in English. Can you help?

Hi @fabiort, I did everything you said, and is still not working any help?

@AndrewClark thanks for the inputs. I had exactly the same issue as you have described in your post. Instead of copying chrome's dictionary *.bdic file, what I did was, just took a backup of these files (for some reasons I had 2 files) and deleted them from C:\Users\{your user}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams\Dictionaries.

 

As soon I restarted teams again, it auto generated a fresh file and the error was gone. But your method did the trick and now I get proper suggestions. 

 

Thank you.