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Windows 7: Cannot find "Language Bar" - Windows 7 - American vs. British spelling

12 Mar 2016   #1
dddiam

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Cannot find "Language Bar" - Windows 7 - American vs. British spelling

I am running Window 7 Pro, SP1.

The spell checker is giving me British instead of American spellings.

I have tried right clicking on the task bar and selecting "Toolbars", but there is no "Language bar" option.

I have also looked at the Control Panel, but there is no "Language" settings option.

Any suggestions?


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12 Mar 2016   #2
indianacarnie

 

Welcome to the forums dddiam!

Click "Start" > Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region/Change the Display language > Change to what you want in the drop down menu > O.K. . You'll have to restart for it to take effect.
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12 Mar 2016   #3
dddiam

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Welcome to the forums dddiam!
Click "Start" > Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region/Change the Display language...
Thank you for your reply.

I have already tried that. My control panel does not have a "Clock, Language, and Region" selection.

It has a selection for "Date and Time", but that is only for date and time.

It has a selection for "Region and Language", which has a button to change the keyboard language, but not for input language. It only gives a link to a Microsoft information site, which says to select an ILP from Windows Update. (I could not figure that one out. Windows Update only lists available updates).
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12 Mar 2016   #4
MeOnMine

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM
 
 

Start >Control Panel > Regional and Language >Format Tab drop down and select English United Kingdome >Location Tab drop down and select United Kingdome > Apply.
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13 Mar 2016   #5
dddiam

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thank you. You are the only one who knew about my Control Panel options. All of the other sources (including Microsoft's) document the "Clock, Language and Region" option, instead. I never thought to look in the "Formats" tab. It already was set to the correct language, however. I changed to another language, applied, changed it back, and re-applied. No change to the spelling dictionary however. After rebooting, I do now have a language bar icon on my task bar.

Unfortunately, choosing the correct language did not change my spell-check dictionary. It still has the wrong spellings of the words for my country. (I am in the US, and the spelling dictionary gives me UK spellings).

I tried perusing the registry, but I am not sure what would be the correct entry to try. "HKEYCURRENTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Spelling" simply says "(default)".

Could the system be globally using a spell-check dictionary that was installed as part of word processor? Or as part of a browser? Or is the spell-check dictionary global to Windows, itself?


BTW, I love your avatar. It brings back memories.
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13 Mar 2016   #6
dddiam

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I THINK I SOLVED IT!

It seems that the spelling dictionaries are local to each individual software application.

I separately found, changed and tested the language spelling settings in Libre Office, and in Chrome. They are now each using the correct spell-check dictionary.

I do not know how Microsoft Works is selecting its spelling dictionary, but that is working fine now, also. (Perhaps it always was, and I did not notice).

I will keep this thread open for a few days, in case anyone else has additional comments to contribute.
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