PPT 2007 Spellchecking Problems/Questions


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Dave Jenkins

I am experiencing a problem with spellchecking out of PPT 2007, and I'd like
to know if it's universal, or just something going awry on my particular
system (XP SP2, Office SP1).

It will take a little setup to check, but nothing onerous, I promise:

1. Create a new presentation, and insert two blank slides. The contents of
the slides appears to be immaterial, so just leave them totally blank.
2. On the second slide, insert some speaker note text -- something that's
NOT in the default or any of your custom dictionaries. ("akdakjdakjhd" works
for me ...)
3. STARTING WITH THE FRIST SLIDE SELECTED, spell check. On my system,
here's what happens: The spellchecker will stop on the "bad" word in the
speaker notes on slide 2. However, the misspelled word will NOT be
highlighted. Furthermore, clicks on the Ignore button appear to have no
effect. If this happens, click "Close" to leave off spellchecking.
3. Now put the same misspelled word in the speaker notes on slide 1, and
again start spellchcking with that slide selected. Here, the spellchecker
will catch the word, it will be highlighted, and I can change or ignore it.
4. Still with the misspelled word in slide 2 speaker notes, start
spellchecking with slide 2 selected - in my case, this time the checker will
find the bum word, but it will now be highlighted , so that it can be changed
or successfully ignored.

Some questions:
Is this a common, or strictly local, problem?
Is there any way to tell PowerPoint not to bother spellchecking the speaker
notes?
Does this problem occur in PPT 2003?


Thanks.
 
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BTA66

I am having this same issue. Cutting out the text box and repasting back in
is a temporary fix only. I contacting Microsoft support and they are not sure
what to do other than above workaround.
 
D

Dave Jenkins

Not sure what "textbox" your referring to? In my example there is no text on
the slide - only in the speaker notes. Are you sure we're talking about the
same problem?
 
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BTA66

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BTA66


Dave Jenkins said:
Not sure what "textbox" your referring to? In my example there is no text on
the slide - only in the speaker notes. Are you sure we're talking about the
same problem?
 
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BTA66

By the way, based on another very, very long troubleshooting call with
Microsoft technical support, they told us that this is a known issue with
PowerPoint 2007, and if enough people complain it will be fixed in an
upcoming patch.

We had to recreate all the masters to finally fix the problem.
 
D

Dave Jenkins

Sorry, but I don't think you and I are talking about the same problem at all.
I have no placeholders, textboxes or maters involved with my problem.

Thanks for the posts, though.
 
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Lucy Thomson

Hi Dave

FYI I can recreate the problem. Seems to be a bug :-( For what it's worth, I
can click 'ignore all' rather than ignore.... This will ignore all
occurrences of the word in that presentation without adding it to your
dictionary so it will pick it up in other presentations.

Lucy
 

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