Subscriber David H. had a strange problem, or at least one that always seems strange when it happens to you:
Have a really weird situation on my XP machine — Outlook Express.
Started last week — when I use spell check, the language is
I went up to :
Tools-Options > Spelling
and sure enough, it is defaulted to French. When I use the drop down
button, the only choice I have is French.
How could such a weird situation take place? Could this be cause by a
"bug" that has gotten in to my machine?
I have used this machine for at least 7 years and routinely use Spell
Check with no problems
Thanks for any help….
I wrote back to David to say that I bet he had just installed Office 2007 or a newer version. This is a known pronblem with Outlook Express and Office 2007. I suggested that he search Google for:
outlook express french spell checker
I don’t use OE, so I never had the problem, nor tried to fix it, so I can’t advise him, except to two things that will force him to solve the OE issue in another manner:
1) get off XP, and
2) use Thunderbird or Outlook or something else, since OE won’t run on anything past XP.
David wrote back to say:
Thanks for your quick reply Terry.
Yes, I loaded 2007 last week.
Get off XP … I did a check las
t year with a compatibility program and moving to Windows 7 was going to cost me almost $1,000 in having to buy new software programs or upgrades. I have quite a few horror stories with folks that have upgraded to Windows 8.0.
Boy, Microsoft has surely hit me with a gut punch !!
If I switch to Thunderbird, is there any way I can transfer my Folders from Outlook Express into Thunderbird ?
As I wrote last week, now with Windows 8.1 Update, I think the significant user complaints are gone, except for the Start Menu (for which I recommend the third-party add-on Start8). The horror stories of the (non)usefulness of Windows 8 have dramatically improved with the usefulness of the Windows 8 Update with Start8 (or another Start Menu add-on) if you work in Desktop mode.
My main point, though, is that it’s time to put Windows XP to bed. Sure it was great for 14 years, but it really wasn’t designed to be secure. Don’t use XP to get on the Internet or to do email. Period.
I believe that Thunderbird will import emails and settings from Outlook Express.
The good thing is that you can try it on a transitional basis. The trick is to set Thunderbird’s email account to "leave messages on the server." That way, OE is still the primary email program during your test. Set OE also to leave messages on the server. Then, that way, you can get all emails to both programs.
When you’re ready to make the change, or when you’re running out of email space at your Internet Service Provider, update your emails to the program(s) and then use your ISP’s webmail service to log in and delete all the old emails.
Then, reset Thunderbird (which I assume you will use) to "delete messages off the server" so you don’t have any long-term email capacity problem at your ISP.