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Automatic spelling checker warnings may not appear under misspelled words in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). Instead, the warning appears under the text to the right of the misspelled word. This problem occurs on computers that are running Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 2000.

Note Automatic spelling checker warnings are the wavy red underlines that appear under a word to indicate that the word may be misspelled.

Additionally, this problem may occur in other programs that use the automatic spelling checker feature on computers that are running Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition.

This problem occurs if the following two conditions are true:
  • The text in the document has a right-to-left text direction. For example, your computer uses an Arabic, Hebrew, or Indic language, where text is read from right to left.
  • Your computer is running Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.


Service pack information

Windows XP

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389  ( ) How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP and Windows 2000
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   21-Sep-2004  03:21  6.0.2800.1473      38,912  Iecustom.dll     
   07-Dec-2004  03:24  6.0.2800.1483   2,697,728  Mshtml.dll       
   21-Sep-2004  03:21  6.0.2800.1473      38,912  Iecustom.dll
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 SP 6a
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   03-Mar-2003  17:24  6.0.2800.1172      33,792  Ieuninst.exe     
   01-Oct-2004  07:36  6.0.2800.1473      30,208  Ieupdate.exe     
   07-Dec-2004  03:24  6.0.2800.1483   2,697,728  Mshtml.dll


To work around this problem in InfoPath, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Spelling tab, click to clear the Check spelling as you type check box, and then click OK.
Automatic spelling checker warnings will not appear in the document. However, you can run the spelling checker manually to verify that the spelling in the document is correct.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Internet Explorer 6.

Windows XP

This problem was first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 2.

  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003, Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
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