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Spell check in Outlook Express stopped working. I have repaired Win XP pro from the original disc and reinstalled SP3 and all updates. I repaired MS Office 2010 because spell check won't work without MS office installed. I have uninstalled IE6 and installed IE8 with all updates but still no spell check in outlook express. I have deleted csapi3T and reinstalled it from the disc but still no spell check for my emails. When I open OE, click tools, options there is no Spelling tab on the Options box. Anyone know how to fix this?

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  • Graham Taylor Aug 27, 2010

    I've tried this method about 3 times now and the spell tab does not appear when I launch OS and navigate to Tool/options. All the other tabs are there except the spelling tab even after reboot.
    Any more suggestions please

  • Graham Taylor Aug 27, 2010

    Thanks. I'll give that a try



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Here try these steps. Broken SpellChecker in XP Outlook Express

  • Open your Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof
  • Delete the CSAPI3T1.DLL file if it is present. If it's missing just proceed to the next step.
  • Insert the Windows XP CD and close the window that opens if AutoRun is enabled.
  • Click Start | Run and in the Open: box type msconfig and click OK (See Fig. 01)
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Fig. 01
  • Click the Expand File... button to open the Expand One File from Installation Source window. (See Fig. 02)
Fig. 02
  • Make the following entries in the Expand One File from Installation Source window.
  • File to Restore: Enter CSAPI3T1.DLL
    [Note: This entry must be hand typed rather than using the Browse File... button]
  • Restore From: Enter G:\i386\CSAPI3T1.DL_ (Change the G in G:\ to the letter of your CD Drive)
    [Note: This entry must be hand typed rather than using the Browse From... button]
  • Save File In: Enter C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof
    [Note: This entry can be made by using the Browse To... button]
  • Click the Expand button. There will be no outward indication that the procedure was successful. The Expand One File from Installation Source window will close and you'll be returned to the System Configuration Utility window. Click OK to close System Configuration Utility.
If you prefer not to expand the file from your own XP CD or can't get the procedure to work properly;
Download Expanded CSAPI3T1.DLL File
directly into C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof
  • Open Windows Explorer and again navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof
  • Find the file that was expanded, CSAPI3T1.DL_ , and rename it to CSAPI3T1.DLL
  • Launch Outlook Express and navigate to Tools | Options | Spelling tab. Ensure there is a checkmark next to the Always Check Spelling Before Sending option.
  • Reboot the system and check OE for proper spell checking functions.

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  • Trevor Groves
    Trevor Groves Aug 27, 2010

    I dont know what you think of the software, but because you have purchased the office 2010 suite, Microsoft outlook will be part of that package. Outlook will be preset with the spellchecker and lots of other integration features, I really do recommend trying Microsoft Outlook. run the import wizard from the file menu and it will import all of your "outlook express" settings. Way Way Way better solution for you . I look forward to your comments, sorry i didnt think of this earlier

  • Trevor Groves
    Trevor Groves Aug 27, 2010

    The other thing that comes to mind over my comment below , is the likelihood that you have a trial version of office that has expired, that would also be a cause of the phantom spell checker.

  • Trevor Groves
    Trevor Groves Aug 27, 2010

    if the most recent suggestions solve your issue, please consider changing your thumbs rating.

  • Trevor Groves
    Trevor Groves Aug 30, 2010

    Just wondering your outcome? Were you able to read my last comments?

  • Trevor Groves
    Trevor Groves Sep 03, 2010

    I still see a poor rating on your problem thread. did any of my suggestions help? Can you give me any further info so I can assist your further.?

  • SJJW Dec 14, 2010

    After upgrading to Office 2010, my Outlook Express spell check didn't function.
    I found the above instructions in two separate places, but I simplified them, not expanding anything, just coping the csapI3T1.dll file from where I found it on my old Office 2000 disk to the new directory.

    By opening up two Windows Explorer windows, I simply dragged the csapI3T1.dll file from the old Office 2000 location into both (a) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof directory,


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