01-17-2020 08:27 AM
01-17-2020 08:27 AM
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.
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.
01-17-2020 02:25 PM
01-17-2020 02:27 PM
04-17-2020 10:03 AM - edited 04-17-2020 10:07 AMSolution
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,
06-26-2020 09:32 AM
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.
07-15-2020 11:25 PM
@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.
11-19-2020 01:08 PM
@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
12-16-2020 05:29 PM - edited 12-16-2020 05:48 PM
@AndrewClark Thanks for the great lead on changing dictionaries!
In my case I found all the en-US-?-?.bdic google dictionaries here:
and all the teams dictionaries here:
Also I found the dictionaries can be edited