I have been told the spellchecker won't work in XP with Word 97, but isn't there a workaround?
That's not exactly true,
I have XP and Word 97 and the Spell Check in Word 97 works fine. What DOESN'T WORK is that if you have OUTLOOK EXPRESS 6 on your computer and you are running OFFICE 97 with XP as your OS, the SPELLCHECK IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS WILL NOT WORK. You can however, copy or cut the document into Word 97 and spellcheck it from there.
Why doesn't OE 6's spellcheck work in conjunction with Office 97/XP? The reason is because some code for the spellchecker was updated beginning with Office 2000. Microsoft never updated this code with any updates for Office 97. Therefore:
1.) If you have Windows XP and use Outlook Express 6 as your e-mail client, you must be running Office 2000 or higher for OE 6's spellcheck to work.
2.) There is some registry code that can be modified to make OE 6's spellcheck work with Office 97 on Windows XP. WARNING!!!! DO NOT GO INTO REG EDIT (EDIT THE REGISTRY) UNLESS YOU REALLY HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH REGISTRY FILES AND KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING...DON'T GO IN. (This should only be done by a cetified computer tech or under the guidence of a computer tech.)
3.) If you want a workaround, use Word 97 to spellcheck your OE 6 e-mail, or switch to a different e-mail program, or upgrade to Office 2000 or higher to make OE 6's spellcheck work again.