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'Error during main dictionary spell initialization' occurs when creating new memo

Technote (FAQ)


When you create a new memo in Notes, the spell checker is initiated and returns the following error:

    "Error during main dictionary spell initialization".


In one case, creating new operating system profile temp directories resolved the problem.

1. Close the Notes client

2. Open the system "Environment Variables" Control Panel > System > Advanced > Environment Variables

3. Under the "User Variables", locate the TEMP and TMP variables

4. Edit each and increment the temp directory by adding a "1". For example:

5. Restart Windows.

6. Launch Notes and create a new memo testing. You should no longer receive the error and the spell checker should initialize successfully.

Document information

More support for: IBM Notes
Client UI

Software version: 6.5, 7.0, 8.0

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1304275

Modified date: 08 December 2008

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