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Yahoo Mail spell checker problem

Yahoo Mail spell checker problem

In the past few days, I’ve received several emails regarding a Yahoo Mail spell checker problem. Users seem to be troubled with the non-functional nature of the feature and have been looking desperately for solutions. Here are some of the complaints:

“My spell check doesn’t work anymore. In my emails, misspelled words are highlighted in red and a drop down menu gives suggestions, but I can’t make the corrections anymore. And I can’t directly change the misspelled word as long as it is underlined in red. I have to send the email to myself to get rid of the red underlining and then manually change each incorrect word myself before sending.”
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“In the past when I click on one of the auto-suggested words, it automatically replaces the mis-spelled word in the email. But not of late. Now I have to manually correct the word which is very time consuming.”

“Yahoo Mail spell checker has a problem and is not working on my emails. When I click on the “Spelling” icon, I get disconnected from the messenger and the feature does not work. There are no corrections being made.”

“I can’t use Yahoo Mail spell checker properly after composing my e-mail. I click on the icon, the wrong words are highlighted with red underline. When choosing the correct word I still get the wrong one with the red line.”

“My Yahoo account have been developing a problem day after day of not checking / correcting spelling mistakes.

These are just five of the many emails I received. It seems like this spell checker problem has affected many subscribers. However, when I tried this out on my Yahoo account I didn’t face any difficulty in identifying incorrect words and changing them.

Yahoo! Mail spell check problem - Its not working

Solving the Yahoo Mail spell checker problem

But, if the Yahoo mail spell check feature is not working properly on your account here are a few things I suggest:

  • Upgrade to the latest version of the web browser: Probably, and this is just my guess, Yahoo has changed the programming behind the spell checker, especially the drop down and word replacement functionality so that it works only on the latest versions of the most popular web browsers.
  • Shift to the All-new Yahoo! Mail from the Classic version because I checked this feature only on the former. Please read how to switch the Yahoo mail versions to know more.
  • Contact Yahoo support if the problem persists. Yahoo Hotline – 1-866-562-7219, 1-800-699-2466 or 1-866-562-7249.

FYI, I checked the Yahoo spell checker problem when working on the Google Chrome web browser from both Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

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  • Luis on November 16th, 2009 7:13 pm

    They mention that the Yahoo email spell checker, was going to be fixed on Nov. 15, and still they have not fixed it. Is it going to be fixed?

  • Manish on November 16th, 2009 7:19 pm

    No I don’t think the Yahoo spell check problem has been solved. You can still read a lot complaints on this issue over the web. I’m sure the Yahoo engineers are working on it. By the by, the issue seems to be plaguing only Yahoo All-new mail users but I don’t see it in my account. Like I mentioned, you can switch versions and keep your fingers crossed.

  • Laurie Sikes on November 16th, 2009 8:28 pm

    My yahoo spell check has stopped, unable to get it to work, will show red line under work but when you right click nothing happen. When you left click nothing happens. Help.

  • Oliver Garner on November 16th, 2009 9:08 pm

    Spell Check is working but it will not correct the word selected to to be changed. Please advise!!!

  • Pam Kenny on November 17th, 2009 8:00 am

    My spell check is not functioning the correction words show up but will not automatically change when clicked on.

  • Me on November 18th, 2009 6:47 pm

    Send emails describing this problem to the media especially those that cover technology. Maybe Yahoo will actually work on the problem if the media starts report about it.

  • Manish on November 19th, 2009 1:20 pm

    I’m sure the media knows about this – it’s all over the web. Look at the number of complaints in Yahoo Answers.

  • Zeena on November 19th, 2009 3:32 pm


    It would appear that there are problems with the spellcheck and moving emails into a folder. Can you advise when this will be fixed.


  • Larry on November 19th, 2009 4:20 pm

    What happened to spell check on yahoo email? I have to insert the language each time, select the underlined word, delete it and retype the correct spelling and the correct spelling disappears when I retype.
    This seems a total waste mand an outdated system
    How can insert spellcheck in my emails?

  • Manish on November 19th, 2009 7:51 pm

    I don’t seem to have any problems – checked up again. Using the All-New Mail on Google Chrome web browser.

  • Victoria on November 21st, 2009 8:58 am

    My spell check stopped correcting misspelled words about a month ago. Not only that but I can’t get the cursor at end of a word to correct it unless I go way up in the address space or cc space then drop down to misspelled word and try to spell it right. Tool bar doesn’t help me get anywhere. What’s the problem I can’t spell worth a damn and need my spell check! Help!!!!

  • Rosemary Stancombe on November 21st, 2009 12:37 pm

    Please can you tell me why my spell check in emails is not working?

    Thank you

  • Jack Dalton on November 21st, 2009 8:54 pm

    Whenever I am using the spell check feature in my mail account – I do the drop down, it gives me options for spelling, I choose the correct spelling and it fails to change the word to the correct word in the email. What setting is incorrect?

  • denise on February 9th, 2010 5:34 pm

    my problem is different than all the above problems. I will type an email. Spellcheck it, if there are no errors the email stay in the middle of my screen. If there are errors, the whole email slides to the left of the computer screen, I then have to scroll down to the bar and move the email back into the center of the screen, make the corrections, then as soon as it finds another error, the email slides to the left of the screen once again, at least a 1/4 of the email is hidden to the left until I bring it back into the center of screen.

  • Manish on March 7th, 2010 9:58 am

    Denise, try with a different web browser and see if that works. I suppose you might be using a program in which the Yahoo webmail interface doesn’t work well.

  • Alex Porter on December 18th, 2010 12:47 am

    My issue is the same as Denises'( 2/10/10). When I hit spell check, the screen shifts to the left. I use the scroll bar to center the message and correct the word. After correction, I move to the next word and, the screen shifts to the left again. This started about 3 months ago. And the only way that I can do quick corrections is to change the zoom level to something LESS than 100%.

  • Jeffrey Lear on May 21st, 2012 5:25 pm

    My Yahoo! spell check tells me all my spelling is correct… even when I put in a bad spelling… from past experience I think their is a setting in Windows that controls spell checkers… on what dictionary to use,.. I’ve stumbled on it before but can’t remember where… I read all these comments and none help.

  • Manish on May 24th, 2012 7:37 am

    @Jeffery Lear
    Yahoo! spell check has nothing to do with the one available on your local computer. I suggest putting a complain to Yahoo!; maybe something’s wrong with the server on which your email account resides.

  • Sharon Dahlen on July 19th, 2012 9:44 pm

    When sending an email and have a misspelled word after the red line shows up I can’t go any further. Thank you

  • Joan Pool on October 1st, 2012 11:57 pm

    My spell check on Yahoo goes to the left and I have to center it to correct the spelling. On the next mispell word it then goes to the left again. I have Yahoo Classic. I do not like the new one.

  • frank thomas on November 14th, 2012 8:21 pm

    Help. cannot find away to get spell check. It will not download.

  • alex Porter on December 25th, 2012 3:39 pm

    Screen moves to the left every time I try to correct a misspelleld word. When corrected, the screen moves back to the right until the next error is identified, Reported several months ago. Nothing has changed.


  • Alexander W. Porter on December 29th, 2012 12:57 pm

    Screen shifts to the left each time I try to use spell check.

  • theresa on February 11th, 2013 9:35 pm

    Problem 1 spell checker not working. WHen I try to correct it, it jumps around.
    Problem 2: When typing and I make an error and try to correct it by backspacing, it erase every letter,then eventually words then I have to start over. Frustrating. plse help

  • Karen on November 15th, 2013 1:55 am

    This is now …2013 and, there is a New Yahoo and, I have two complete computer with two different server on them.

    Who can tell me why my Yahoo “SPELL CHECK DOESN’T WORK”
    Please can you fix it ……please Fix it…or it the ” Dictionary ” for me.

  • Christine on March 14th, 2014 10:25 pm

    Yahoo Spell Check does not stay long enough to correct words. How can I correct this problem?

  • Janice Beitler on December 7th, 2014 1:20 pm

    I am having trouble with yahoo. I have to recover webpage every time I try writing an email. This started about a week ago and is getting worse. Also it says yahoo stopped working due to long running script. Please help correct this problem. Yahoo is my site of choice and I want to keep enjoying it.

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