How to add the UK English Spell Check Option in Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail includes the English (UK) spell check dictionary built-in, but the option is not exposed for some unknown reason. To enable the English (United Kingdom) spell check dictionary, using one of the methods below. Method 1 tells you how to manually add the UK English Spell check option in Windows Live Mail, and Method 2 uses a VBScript that I wrote to automate the task.

Credits to Bob Lucas for this excellent tip.

Method 1

Copying the files

Copy the files spell.ini, mssp3en.lex, MSSpell3.DLL from the following folder:

%ProgramFiles%\Windows Live\Mail\Proof\prf0009\2\

to the following folder:

(Windows XP)

%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\Proof\prf0809\1

(Windows Vista)

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\Proof\prf0809\1

Note that the destination path does not exist by default and you need to manually create the folders up to the level above. To access the above location, simply type the path in the Address bar in Windows Explorer or in Start Run dialog.

More Information: Where the numeric 809 in the above path represents the hex value for English (UK) language. Its decimal equivalent is 2057. The list of Locale IDs are available at Microsoft Website.

Edit the Spell.ini file

After copying the files, you need to edit the spell.ini file (using Notepad) in the destination path, and set the Lang value to 2057, which is the Locale ID decimal for English, United Kingdom. Save the file. The spell.ini file should now show the following contents:

[Spellchecker]
Engine=MSSPELL3.DLL
Lex=MSSP3EN.LEX
Lang=2057

Method 2

Download ukspell_wlm.vbs and save to Desktop. Double-click the file to run it. The script carries out the steps listed in Method 1 quickly and you’ll see a message box when it’s complete.

Setting English (United Kingdom) as the default

English (United Kingdom) should now be added to the list of available languages in Windows Live Mail.

1. Start Windows Live Mail

2. Use ALT+T keyboard shortcut to access the Tools menu

3. Click Options

4. Select the Spelling tab

5. Select English (United Kingdom), click Set Default and click OK.

The UK Spell check dictionary really works!

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

2 thoughts on “How to add the UK English Spell Check Option in Windows Live Mail

  1. I’ve found the English (UK) spell checker in Windows 7.

    On the Windows Live Mail drop down menu, select TOOLS, OPTIONS, SPELLING. In the window showing the available languages, scroll down to English (United Kingdom). Click on it to highlight it, select ‘Set Default’ and the ‘English (United Kingdom) goes bold, select ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’.

    It works fine on my machine.

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