I can purposefully type a misspelled word in InDesign and the Spell Check doesn't catch it. In fact it doesn't seem to work at all.
Dang. Sorry to hear that.
Most bizarre solution, but it works. Thanks David,
Turning on preview mode (pressing "W") worked for me! Thank you!
Having the same issue here as well. Checked everything, reset preferences, Spell Check is just not working. Going to try re-istalling InDesign. Will update.
Un-install/re-install seems to have fixed the issue. I will post if the problem reoccurs.
I too have had this problem--Spell Check working in some docs and not in others. The only thing I can figure is that some of the files are older than others, but still not something that should create a problem for a Spell Check.
The fix I found was simply to do a Save As of the file, making a copy of it, and then restarting the App. The new file spell-checked in the normal manner (i.e., actually locating misspelled words).
Hey go to to View > Screen Mode
Make sure that you have 'Normal' selected and not 'Preview'
Just worked for me
I just worked on a big document and knew there was a specific word incorrectly spelt after being picked up by someone, so went back to runt he spell check again and out of 40+ pages it was only showing 4-5 incorrect words on one page that were just funny surnames of people. I question how many other incorrect words it missed along the way...
In general InDesign 2018 is the. worst.
PROPOSAL: Really has consistently caused problems that the Dynamic spell check only shows when you are NOT in "Preview Mode". Many many documents went out with typos because you assume the dynamic check was on - when in fact you were in preview mode... ore worse forgot that you toggled back. There should be a poll or something - Who would NOT want to see a typo indicated ? Anyway, it took about an hour to figure out that this was even the case - after questioning my own sanity, and the effectiveness of the spell checker for months... #nightmare default protocol. Why not make persistent spell check an option in the preferences OR in the spell check menu?
October 2019- still happening
In word if i turn autocorrect on it works, what's going on here?
Please don't repeat all the "fixes" on the net- been there done that
I should add: after making the dictionary fix, toggle your dynamic spelling off and then on agsin (Edit > Spelling > Dynamic spelling) that should 'wake it up'.
I have given up with it, why make it complicated , i now type in ms Word brilliant autocorret and thesaurus, copy and paste it over
ARGH!!!!! I jsut found a tab in preferences called: Enable Dynamic Spelling that was not checked!!!!! Did you try this?
nope, that didn't work either. I have been havving the same problem since cc upgrade.
Not sure why but after a restart (pc) it began working and has continued to work with the 400+ files i work with
So solved for me but not sure why it wasn't previously
Edit--> Preferences --> Spelling --> all buttons clicked
Edit--> Preferences --> Autocorrect --> enabled autocorrect
Edit--> Preferences --> Dictionary--> language english UK, hyphenation and spelling "hunspell", compose using "user dictionary and coument", all other buttons clicked
Good luck all
Actually, I looked at the link to my dictionary, and discovered that I don't think my cloud subscription downloaded the dictionary, which means indesign would like me to relink my dictionary, only I don't have the dictionary file on my system, and since it wiped out my old dictionary when it did the upgrade, as best I can tell. I looked for the dictionary file online, and I am not finding it. Very frustrating!!!!
This worked for me! I tried some of the other suggestions, but no luck.
These are the steps you should take:
1. Go to Edit > Preferences > Spelling and check the box for Enable Dynamic Spelling
2. Go to Edit > Spelling and make sure there is a checkmark next to Dynamic Spelling
3. Make sure you are in Normal mode, not Preview! (Shortcut key is W, or click and hold the very last icon on the toolbar on the left.)
W still didn't work for me.
Everybody, all I had to do was the following:
Go to PREFERENCES > DICTIONARY. In the boxes labeled HYPHENATION and SPELLING use the pull-down to change to Hunspell.
Thanks so much! FYI this worked for me AFTER restarting my Mac. Changing the prefs to Hunspell before that didn't work.
Edit > Spelling > enable dynamic spelling.
cleared the problem right up
Anytime, glad to help