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Windows Thread, Word Processor requirements for Exams in Technical; Originally Posted by Achandler We use Ubuntu laptops and openoffice, then just delete the spellcheck files. Thank you, but we ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Achandler View Post
    We use Ubuntu laptops and openoffice, then just delete the spellcheck files.
    Thank you, but we dont have any spare laptops so our users need to use an exisiting 'regular' networked pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjgreen View Post
    Thank you, I will look at that as an option

    Do you know if it works with Office 2010 as well (if I update the file locations obviosuly)
    It should do, never tried it on Office 2010 though sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravo View Post
    It should do, never tried it on Office 2010 though sorry!
    I wouldn't suggest doing it on Office 2010. Never tried it as a student (so may be different), but I know when I tried that before word "will" self autoheal and create new files thus reinstalling itself.

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    There's another thread on here somewhere with all the instructions / GPO info needed to disable the various features that need to be removed... can't find it at the mo, but it's fairly recent... Worth checking out...

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    Have you called the exam board and asked them for a recommendation? Because frankly, if they don't have a recommended solution, they shouldn't be making it a requirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Have you called the exam board and asked them for a recommendation? Because frankly, if they don't have a recommended solution, they shouldn't be making it a requirement.
    £10 says the answer is "typewriter"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    £10 says the answer is "typewriter"

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    LOL! Yes i was going to contact the Exam board but my colleague is in a meeting at the moment so I cant be noisy on the phone. I will see what they say though as I agree, they should have reccomendations.

    Thanks for the heads up about GPO, that would be my prefered method. Will have a dig for that thread.

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    Just spoke to the Exam board and the solution is.......


    The candidate hand writes the name/candidate information etc on each sheet as they collect them from the printer!

    They were a bit cagey about it though and did not really want to specify a 'standard' way to do it,which I think is ridiculous!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjgreen View Post
    The candidate hand writes the name/candidate information etc on each sheet as they collect them from the printer!

    They were a bit cagey about it though and did not really want to specify a 'standard' way to do it,which I think is ridiculous!!
    As you say this is ridiculous. I always thought the exam boards were in a world of their own when it came to this requirement. How can they expect anyone to meet their standards if they cannot offer any solutions to this problem. I know it would never happen but perhaps all the boards should join together and go Microsoft & LibreOffice / OpenOffice and ask them to produce an easy way to disable the spell checker.

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    Just like to add a few things that we currently do, just in case someone is having the same sort of issues

    we do the whole renaming the dll thing for the spell checking, but we also added a nice safeguard, I have created a macro on the main document that saves every 5 mins to a folder on the root of the drive with a date and time stamp, that way we have a backup if laptop crashes usb fails student meltdown ect ect
    Im more than happy to share this if anyone would like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickit View Post
    Just like to add a few things that we currently do, just in case someone is having the same sort of issues

    we do the whole renaming the dll thing for the spell checking, but we also added a nice safeguard, I have created a macro on the main document that saves every 5 mins to a folder on the root of the drive with a date and time stamp, that way we have a backup if laptop crashes usb fails student meltdown ect ect
    Im more than happy to share this if anyone would like it.
    Could you PM me this please?

    Thanks

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    @kevin_lane managed to achieve this at our school, he has done a blog post with how he managed it but the basics of it was to make a spelling mistake in word, right click on it select Language and then Set Proofing Language, in the menu that comes up tick 'Do not check spelling and grammar', then save the document as a template named normal.dot, over right the normal.dot in the exam users profile on the server and then use group policy to disable the options menu etc.

    His blog post is on the recent blogs and goes into more detail.

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    We use wordpad and have done for a long time.

    Works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravo View Post
    Could you PM me this please?

    Thanks
    PM'd.....

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    Thanks Wickit.

    Has anyone else noticed high demand this year for word processing in exams? It’s gone crazy in my school!



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