Fix: Google Docs, Chrome Spell Check Not Working!

Google Docs is one of the most popular and functional online word processor apps right now. For the majority of fast typers Spell Check plays an important role in spotting our mistakes as we type. The spell check option in Google Docs automatically checks your entire document for errors it is similar to Microsoft Word’s spell-check. If there’s a spelling or grammar error, each one will highlight in your text and the spell check will suggest how to correct any of these.

If your system’s browser or OS is outdated the spell check in Google docs might not work. Moreover, corrupt cache or wrong configuration of the browser’s settings may also cause the error under discussion.

What is Solution?

Every problem has a solution the same applies here also. Before using a solution to fix the spell check of Google Docs make sure to…

  • Restart your system/device and all the other internet related equipment’s to clear out any temporary glitch.
  • Make sure no accessibility features of Google Docs are enabled.
  • And in the last check, if the keyboard shortcut of spell check, i.e., Ctrl + Alt + X or F7, is working.
  •  Right-click on the misspelled word, and then in the options shown, try to enable the spell-check.
  • If you are using the mobile version of Google Docs, make sure it is updated to the latest build.

1. Update Your Browser to the Latest Build

If you are running an older outdated web browser, you are not enjoying the browsing experience you should be. You are also opening yourself up to security vulnerabilities, which could compromise your computer. This can also be a factor for your Spell check not working. To update your browser to latest build follow these steps.

  1. Open your Chrome browser and click on the three dots on top of the left side.
  2. Click on Setting
  3. Now Click on the About Chrome section.
  4. Then in the right pane of the window, check if Chrome is updated to the latest build.
  5. Restart Chrome and check the problem got solved or not.

2. By Disabling Enhanced Spell Check of Your Browser

Almost every advanced browsers have built-in functionality to check spells. Google Docs works fine with the basic spell check, but if the option of Enhanced Spell Check of the browser is enabled, then Google Docs may encounter the issue under discussion as enhanced spell check interferes in the normal operation of Google Docs. Follow these steps to disable enhanced spell check .

  1. Open Chrome Browser
  2. Click on three dots on the top left on the screen
  3. Now click on Setting and in setting click on Advanced
  4. Click on Language and then click on Basic Spell Check
  5. Then reopen Chrome and check if Google Docs are operating normally.

3. By setting language of document

The spell check feature of Google Docs will not work if you have not set the document’s language manually. In this case, settings the document language may solve the problem.

  1. Open Google docs and open one of the problematic documents.
  2. Then click on File menu and then language option.
  3. Now, in sub-menu in Language select your language for your document.
  4. Then relaunch Google Doc to check if its spell check issue is resolved.

4. By Copy/Paste the Contents of the Problematic Document Without Formatting

If the problematic documents’ contents are copied from a web source or other program then this could also be a reason for spell check not working . The copied contents consist of text plus code that can cause different types of issues/glitches, including the current one. To copying and pasting the contents without formatting follow these steps.

  1. Create a copy of the problematic document by click on file>make a copy option.
  2. Then select all the document contents by pressing Ctrl + A and then press Ctrl + X to cut the contents.
  3. Then, press Ctrl + Shift + V to paste the contents without formatting.
  4. Now check if the spell check is working fine.

5. By Removing Extra Languages from Your Browser

In Google Docs you can select multiple languages. If you have enabled more than one language in the browser settings, then Google Docs may fail to perform the spell check as it can get “confused” about the language it has to check. In this case, removing the extra languages from your browser may solve the problem. To remove extra language from your Doc follows these steps.

  1. Click on three dots on the top left of the screen
  2. Now click on Setting and in setting click on Advanced
  3. Then click on Languages and then, under languages, expand your primary language.
  4. Now, in the section of Order Languages Based on Your Preference, click on 3 vertical dots.
  5. Then select the language which you do not want to use and then click on Remove.

  6. Then relaunch Chrome and check if Google Docs is clear of the spell check error.

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