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Disable spell and grammar check for Office 2010

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by , 10th December 2012 at 11:30 AM (43351 Views)
It's that time of the year again when I have to start looking at disabling spell check on Word for various Mock Exams. If only Wordpad had headers and footers, I wouldn't need to go through this every year...

Anyway, having updated to Office 2010 over the summer, my previous group policy objects aren't going to work with Office 2010, so time for a new way of doing things.
First of all, I'll credit the website where I got the info, and feel free to follow them rather than my ramblings! This site will pretty much guide you through the entire process:

It states its for Office 2007, but it works just fine for Office 2010 as well.

You'll also need to download the admin templates from here:

And there is another method you might want to try here:

Having read through the above links, I downloaded and installed the Admin templates into my Sysvol group policy directory, and then carried out the instructions from the first link, including the extra instruction in the comments section you might miss:

"Office 2010 no longer has the Group Policy option to turn off the Spell Checker. However it this can still be achieved by writing a DWORD value to the registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Proofing Tools\1.0\Office
Value name "WordSpellingOptions" Value=0 No Spell Checking. Value=5 Spell Checking Enabled."

With the group policy and registry setting in place, I tested it. Spelling had definitely been disabled, and I couldn't access any of the options to turn it back on. Also the shortcut to run spellcheck had been disabled. Sadly, Grammar tests were still being carried out, and my Word document filled with little green squiggly lines.

I edited the GPO, and went to User Config - Polices - Admin Templates - Microsoft Word 2010 - Word options - Proofing and disable anything and everything to do with spell and grammar checking, including everything under AutoCorrect and AutoFormat as you type.

This completed, I tested again, and success, the squiggly green worms had disappeared.

However, there is one last remaining issue I can't work out, which is that the first letter of each paragraph is being automatically Capitalised. I should be able to solve this by manually logging onto each Exam account, and unticking the 'capitalize beginning of table or cell’ option. I would far prefer a network soloution to this, if anyone finds one, please let me know!

Please note this was tested on a Windows 7 PC, with Office 2010 in a Server 2008R2 environment.


  1. FN-GM's Avatar
    Did you find a way with the capital letters please?
  2. simpsonj's Avatar
    The only way I've found is via the exam profile, so I logged in with each exam account (We only have 6 where this is necessary), unticked 'capitalize beginning of table or cell' option, and logged off, saving that setting.

    In the future, I 'll make a mandatory profile and assign that to student accounts.

    The other option would be to make the word options settings change as admin account, export the registry, and then carry out he following:

    'Only little snag I had, there is NOTHING which turns of Auto Capitalization ‘at the beginning of a table or cell’ under the auto formatting in Word Options. The only way around this is to modify HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Data manually. This is a nice big binary value. Fun stuff!.. Using comparison software, I checked the value on/off and compared two registry exports. My code writes six 0′s disabling this.' Taken from the third link.

    Then assign the registry edit as a GPO.

    Non are particularly 'clean' solutions, but they should work. If anyone finds a neater way, I'd love to hear it.
  3. FN-GM's Avatar
    Did the above reg edit but you could still check spelling by going into it in the proofing tab. Does yours do this please?
  4. simpsonj's Avatar
    The reg edit should disable the Capitalisation of each paragraph, everything else is handled by the GPO, including disabling spell check via the proofing tab.

    There's a bit in one of the links that mentions adding a lot of numbers to a GPO, these numbers are aspects of Word and its GUI, which are then disabled.

    I'll double check when I'm back in on Monday, but I'm 99% certain the GPO worked and spell check couldn't be turned back on.
  5. FN-GM's Avatar
    In the ended up using word pad and blocked office using software restriction policies.
  6. Norphy's Avatar
    After a major panic with our exams department today, I found this page and created the GPO required. It seems to have worked perfectly, thank you for linking to article!

    The only problem that I can see now is that we'll have to do the same for the rest of the office suite. Oh well, could be worse!
    Updated 9th January 2013 at 05:17 PM by Norphy


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