How to Fix Google Docs Spell Check Not Working

Is the spell check function of Google Docs not working on your browser?

Being informed about misspelt words on a document you are working on is a very nice feature on any word processing application like Google Docs. 

However, there are times that the feature simply decides to not work on you, and now you are left with manually checking your grammar and spelling. While this is great for enhancing your vocabulary skills, it is time-consuming and annoying if you are going through a very long document. 

Thankfully, this issue can be resolved easily with a few tweaks. Today, we are going to show you a few ways on how to deal with this issue on Google Docs. 

Let’s get right into it!

 

 

1. Refresh the Page. 

The first thing that you can do if spell check is not working is to refresh the page. Possibly, your browser encountered a temporary glitch that causes Google Docs not to function properly. 

To refresh the page, simply press F5 on your keyboard or click the Refresh button located at the top-left corner of your search browser. 

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2. Restart Your Browser. 

If refreshing the page on your browser was not enough to fix the issue, you can also try restarting your browser. 

To do this, check out the guide below:

  1. First, press on Windows key + X to open the Quick Start Menu
  2. Now, click on Task Manager to open it. 

 

  1. Inside the Task Manager, locate your browser from the list. 
  2. Finally, click on your browser and hit the End Task button to stop it from running. 

 

Once your browser is closed, go back to your desktop and open it again. Access the document using your browser and see if spell check is already working properly.

 

 

3.  Verify If the Feature Is Enabled. 

For the next method, what you can try doing is to verify if spell check is enabled on Google Docs. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

  1. First, open the document you are working on using your browser. 
  2. After that, click on the Tools tab. 
  3. Finally, hover your mouse to the Spelling and Grammar tab and ensure that ‘Show Spelling Suggestions’ and ‘Show Grammar Suggestions’ are enabled. 

 

Refresh the page afterward and try to type a couple of lines to see if the issue with Google Docs spell check not working properly is already fixed. 

However, if you are still having problems with the spell check feature, proceed to the next method below to address the issue. 

 

 

4. Set the Language for the File.

If your document has no language selected, then the spell check feature would not know what language to check for grammar and spelling errors. 

In this case, you can try setting your preferred language on the document to see if the spell check feature would work. 

  1. On the document, click on the File tab. 
  2. Now, hover the cursor to the Language tab. 
  3. Lastly, select your preferred language from the list. 

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After setting your preferred language, refresh the page and try typing a few lines on the document to see if spell check is already working properly. 

 

 

5. Clear Your Formatting. 

Copied words and texts from websites would have its own formatting depending on the site. The formats applied to the texts that you have copied might cause conflict with Google Docs’ spell check feature. 

To avoid this, be sure to clear the formatting of the texts that you have copied on your document. 

  1. First, highlight the text that you have copied from other sites. 
  2. Now, click on the Clear Formatting button on the toolbar. 
  3. Alternatively, you can also press Control + \ on your keyboard to clear the formatting on texts. 

After clearing the formatting of texts on your document, give the page a refresh and see if the spell check feature on Google Docs is already functioning as it should. 

 

 

6. Disable Extensions. 

Google Chrome and some browsers have a feature that allows its users to install extension apps which helps in improving the browsing experience. 

However, these extensions can interfere with Google Docs’ built-in spell check feature, especially if the extension is related to grammar checking like Grammarly. 

If you want to use Google Docs’ spell-check feature, try disabling your browser’s extensions first. 

  1. On Google Chrome, click on the button with three vertical dots at the top-right corner of your screen. 
  2. After that, click on Settings
  3. Inside Settings, click on Extensions from the side menu. 
  4. Finally, disable the extensions on your browser which you think might be related to grammar or spell checking. 

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Once done, restart your browser and try using Google Docs once again to see if the issue with spell check is already fixed. 

 

 

7. Disable Your Browser’s Spell Check. 

Modern browsers like Chrome have a built-in spell checker that functions like Google Docs’ spell check but on any website. It is possible that your browser’s spell checker interferes with Google Docs’ own grammar checking feature. 

To rule this out, try disabling the built-in spell check feature of your browser.

  1. First, click on the button with three vertical dots at the top-right corner of your screen. 
  2. Now, click on Settings
  3. Inside the Settings, click on the Advanced tab. 
  4. Finally, click on Language and make sure that Spell Check is turned off. 

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Give your browser a restart afterward. Now, try to use Google Docs normally and observe if its spell check feature is now working properly. 

 

 

8. Remove Extra Languages on Your Browser.

Having multiple languages on your browser can also cause conflict within Google Docs’ built-in spell check feature. Although there is a small chance for this to happen, it is still worth trying. 

To remove other languages from your browser, follow the steps below:

  1. First, click on the button with three vertical dots at the top-right corner of your screen. 
  2. Now, click on Settings
  3. Inside the Settings, click on the Advanced tab. 
  4. Lastly, under ‘Use Spell Check For’ disable other languages that you are not using. 

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Restart your browser and try using Google Docs normally to see if spell check would work properly on your browser. 

 

 

9. Clear Your Cache and Browsing Data. 

Browsing data and cache might accumulate over time, and instead of doing good to your browser, it slows down its performance when the cache and data size is already big and takes time to load. 

  1. On your browser, press on Windows key + H to open the History tab. 
  2. Now, click on Clear Browsing Data.

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  1. Lastly, change the Time Range to ‘All Time’ and ensure that ‘Cached Images and Files’ is marked checked. Hit the Clear Data button to begin the process. 

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This should take a couple of seconds depending on the amount of data on your browser. Once done, restart it and try to use Google Docs once again to see if the problem is already fixed. 

On the other hand, if the spell check function still refuses to work, proceed to the next method below to address the problem. 

 

 

10. Update Your Browser. 

An outdated version of any software is not advisable to use since it may have underlying issues. If you are using an old version of your browser, there is a chance that it has an issue related to grammar and spell checking. 

To rule this out, try updating your browser to see if this fixes the problem.

  1. First, click on the button with three vertical dots at the top-right corner of your screen. 
  2. Now, click on Settings
  3. Lastly, click on About Chrome. This will trigger the browser to check for any updates available. Follow the on-screen prompts if an update is available for your browser. 

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After updating your browser, try to use Google Docs again and see if the problem is already fixed. 

 

 

11. Create Another Document. 

If none of the methods above worked, what you can try doing is to create another document on Google Docs. Now, copy the content of the problematic file to the new document and see if the spell check feature would work properly on the new document. 

You may have changed a configuration or setting within the old file that causes the spell check feature to malfunction. Instead of searching for the problematic setting, simply transfer the content of the document to a new file. 

This sums up our guide on how to fix Google Docs spell check if it is not working properly on your browser. If you know other ways on how to deal with this issue, kindly share it in the comment section below. 

We would be glad to give credit to your name for the solution once this article gets updated. 

 

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