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John Smith
12-25-2009, 10:28 AM
My Outlook Express suddenly began spell checking in French, and I couldn't get it not to.

Solved the problem by switching to gmail. Tomorrow I'll have to make that change on all my accounts.

Why would it do that?

Bill R
12-25-2009, 10:40 AM
Why would it do that?

It's a Micro$oft product. No further explanation necessary.

George Jung
12-25-2009, 02:37 PM
sounds like a virus with a sense of humor.

perldog007
12-25-2009, 02:40 PM
Classic ownage, I concur with George.

MiddleAgesMan
12-25-2009, 04:27 PM
I've been having all sorts of weird happenings. I was shopping on Amazon and found something in my cart I had not placed there. I asked my GF why the item would be in my cart and she said she had placed it in her cart. She checked and it was still there. I deleted it from mine and it remained in hers.

Another weird thing involves the WBF. I never log out but during the past two days I've opened the forum and found I have to log in. This has occurred on all three computers I'm using--one PC and two Macs.

I recently started using gmail in hopes it would solve the problems I've had with Mac mail and Outlook Express. I thought everything was coming in to gmail (retrieved due to settings I put in place when I set up the gmail account). I thought everything was coming through but I just happened to check Outlook Express on the PC and there was a critical email sent in response to something I sent. That response never showed up in gmail.

GD 'puters are like women...can't live with 'em and can't live without 'em.

WX
12-25-2009, 04:58 PM
Install Thunderbird.
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/all.html

tomlarkin
12-25-2009, 05:43 PM
It's a known issue, caused by a new version of Office overwriting the old spell-cheker with an incompatable version. MS is phasing out Outlook Express in favor of Windows Live mail. There are a number of free fixes online, too.




When you upgrade an earlier version of Office to a 2007 Office system, the old spelling checker files are removed for the following languages:

English
Spanish
German
These files are replaced with newer versions that are included in the 2007 Office system. The new files are incompatible with Outlook Express.
You can resolve this issue by installing Windows Live Mail.
Windows Live Mail is downloadable from http://download.live.com/wlmail

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932974

JimD
12-25-2009, 06:59 PM
You've been hacked by Pepe le Pew?

http://tishybearsanangel.com/Looney-Tunes---Pepe-le-Pew-Magnet-C11754812.jpeg

perldog007
12-25-2009, 09:34 PM
Van Damage....

Hwyl
12-25-2009, 09:49 PM
Je ne sais quois

Stan D
12-25-2009, 10:02 PM
I would think that upgrading your Office might have an affect on Outlook Express, but strictly speaking, it shouldn't. If you have Office, regardless of version, you should be using Outlook. The difference is Outlook is part of Office, Outlook Express is included with Windows. The other difference is that Outlook is the full version, while Outlook Express is a limited version. Less features and functions.

John Smith
12-26-2009, 10:12 AM
I've been having all sorts of weird happenings. I was shopping on Amazon and found something in my cart I had not placed there. I asked my GF why the item would be in my cart and she said she had placed it in her cart. She checked and it was still there. I deleted it from mine and it remained in hers.

Another weird thing involves the WBF. I never log out but during the past two days I've opened the forum and found I have to log in. This has occurred on all three computers I'm using--one PC and two Macs.

I recently started using gmail in hopes it would solve the problems I've had with Mac mail and Outlook Express. I thought everything was coming in to gmail (retrieved due to settings I put in place when I set up the gmail account). I thought everything was coming through but I just happened to check Outlook Express on the PC and there was a critical email sent in response to something I sent. That response never showed up in gmail.

GD 'puters are like women...can't live with 'em and can't live without 'em.
As it's been a hectic couple of days here, can you tell me how to make gmail my default?

John Smith
12-26-2009, 10:16 AM
It's a known issue, caused by a new version of Office overwriting the old spell-cheker with an incompatable version. MS is phasing out Outlook Express in favor of Windows Live mail. There are a number of free fixes online, too.



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932974
That's what I did, updated from 2003 version to 2007 version.

Weird. I remember the problems I had with a lot of my software when changing to XP from an earlier version, which is why I chose to fix the computer I have rather than go to a newer operating system. They told me that "7" would recognize all the XP compatible programs, but they told me that XP would recognize softwear that worked in "2000" It didn't.

Hughman
12-26-2009, 10:22 AM
sounds like a virus with a sense of humor.

actually, it's a 'black budget' project by the Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie

John Smith
12-26-2009, 11:08 AM
I appreciate your input here.

I'm now on gmail, which has problems of it's own, so I doubt I'll stay very long.

It does not let me set default font colors or size, frequently has trouble sending mail: looking through "help" I find many are complaining of this.

I still have my old account open, and it forwards mail to my gmail.

Guess I'm looking here for email provider suggestions.

Simplest thing, I guess, is to go to outlook.

John Smith
12-26-2009, 11:40 AM
It's a known issue, caused by a new version of Office overwriting the old spell-cheker with an incompatable version. MS is phasing out Outlook Express in favor of Windows Live mail. There are a number of free fixes online, too.



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932974
Was unable to install ANY of this.

John Smith
12-26-2009, 12:09 PM
any idea what would happen if I now just started outlook express from scratch?

tomlarkin
12-27-2009, 09:25 AM
any idea what would happen if I now just started outlook express from scratch?
I'm guessing it still won't work. The English spell-checker is gone for good. I've used Live Mail (http://download.live.com/wlmail) - it's pretty good. Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss your installation issue with it.

John Meachen
12-27-2009, 04:42 PM
I would like to add a recommendation for Mozilla Thunderbird.Absolutely free,works well and has a choice of languages for the spell-check.

John Smith
12-27-2009, 08:34 PM
I'm guessing it still won't work. The English spell-checker is gone for good. I've used Live Mail (http://download.live.com/wlmail) - it's pretty good. Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss your installation issue with it.
Thanks for all the knowledge and advise.

I really liked my OE. Very little scrolling for contacts. GMail has bugs Google is still working on. Hotmail seems to function properly, and is part of "Live Mail". Guess I'll make that my default email system. Only thing I don't like is the amount of scrolling to get to the contacts.

Vince Brennan
12-27-2009, 09:46 PM
OK. The BEST mail program I've found is PEGASUS (http://www.pmail.com/index2.htm). It's easy to use, works well with just about any ISP's mail system and.... it's free. For reasons of my own I'm using gmail for the present time but my Pegasus installation is always ready to take over. It's a great product.

John Smith
12-28-2009, 11:07 AM
OK. The BEST mail program I've found is PEGASUS (http://www.pmail.com/index2.htm). It's easy to use, works well with just about any ISP's mail system and.... it's free. For reasons of my own I'm using gmail for the present time but my Pegasus installation is always ready to take over. It's a great product.
One of the things I'm missing from Outlook Express was the ease of finding contacts. They're just kept in a window with names only, so there's very little scrolling.

Both gmail and hotmail require considerable scrolling to find contact.

PEGASUS seems interesting. I'll have to check it out. I'm sitting here typing under a lovely ld Pegasus that was taken from our local Mobile station when they remodels around '56, so it would seem appropriate.

Please provide a little more info on features/scrolling, etc. if you can, either here or pm. Thanks.

John Smith
12-28-2009, 03:43 PM
Persistence sometimes pays. I googled Outlook express french and it led me to a free download putting me back to English.

Only thing missing is the "send" button, near as I can tell. That will be tomorrow's project.

I do get the "send/receive" button.

John Smith
12-28-2009, 07:24 PM
For those who may care, I googled "Outlook Express french" and got several immediate finds. Several suggested a link to a free download that immediately put spell check back to English.

A secondary problem was the "send" button was gone, but a google search of "Outlook Express send buttong missing" unvailed others having that problem, with one simply advising how to navigate through new message/view/, where hitting "standard" solved the problem
Seems to be working fine now on all fronts.

Now, if anyone can advise me as to how to cancel/remove gmail and hotmail, I'd be appreciative.