Setting Language Options for UK Spelling

In Expression Web 4.0, if you need to change the options for spelling to cover UK spellings, you will need to make the change in two places:

Tools > Page Editor Options > General tab – Spelling:- Set Spelling language from the drop-down

Screenshot language setting under page editor options.


Tools > Spelling Options > Custom Dictionaries > Set this to English (UK) as well from the drop-down.

Screenshot Spelling options.


  1. The custom dictionary option to use UK English, or in my case NZ English – the only option for english is US English. This problem is affecting many other on the EW Forum

  2. CM Britt says:

    I’m glad to see that something can be done about this issue. I have one UK writer and several US writers who should all be using this setting option to include the UK spellings.

  3. Daniel Monroe says:

    I’m in Canada and need Canadian spelling. This is a good tip. Everything defaults for the USA.

  4. I’m sorry in my version of EW4 there is no English UK option. (Presumably no dictionary) I know one is not supposed to speak ill of the great god Microsoft but I feel really let down.

  5. David Barrett says:

    Is there an English UK option yet? The first note here was in July 2010 [Tony Bishop
    July 5, 2010 at 6:37 am · Reply]. It’s now July 2012; is an option on the way?

  6. I am using Expression Web 4 with SP2 installed. When I select Tools > Page Editor Options > General, I have any number of choices for English Spelling Options including:

    English United States
    English Australia
    English New Zealand
    English United Kingdom

    There are actually 16 English Options I can select from.

  7. John Smith says:

    I have the same problem and have searched the internet and not found a solution.
    But I have found the British English Dictionary works the first time you use it.
    But when you close Expression Web 4 after using it,
    you will only have the US version of the English Dictionary from then on.
    If you create a new user account in Windows you will get another chance to use the spell checker.
    You can keep creating and deleting Windows user accounts so you can keep using the spell checker.
    I am using Windows 7 64bit and it is set to British English (United Kingdom).
    Expression Web 4 automatically selects the British English dictionary.

  8. John Smith says:

    I have found the Expression Web 4 dictionary fault and worked out a fix for it.
    At least I know it works on my Windows 7 64bit version of Windows.
    Expression Web 4 has loads of different English dictionary’s including British.
    And a few German ones as well.
    But as soon as you use the spell checker for the first time, when you close Expression Web,
    the next time you use Expression Web you will find all the English dictionary’s have disappeared except for US English.
    And you only have only one German dictionary as well.

    The reason this happens is because Expression Web puts a code in the Windows Registry by mistake when you use the spell checker for the first time.
    The mistake is stored in the registry at
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Expression\Web\4.0\Legacy\Proofing Tools\1.0\Override\en-US
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Expression\Web\4.0\Legacy\Proofing Tools\1.0\Override\de-DE

    I deleted en-US and found all the different English dictionary’s came back
    and deleting de-DE got all the other German dictionary’s back.
    And Expression Web will not recreate the fault no matter how many times you use the spell checker and close Expression Web.

    The Windows Registry is a very sensitive place and a lot of damage can be done if other parts of the registry are altered. So it is not a job for everyone.
    So I have not mentioned how to get access to the Windows Registry.
    But Microsoft will tell you if you enter
    How to Modify the Windows Registry
    In to your favourite search engine

    An alternative to editing the registry is to create a new user account in windows.
    And that account will be able to use the spell checker until Expression Web 4 is closed.
    You could keep creating new accounts whenever you need to use the spell checker.

    My Windows 7 64bit is setup to use the British English language.
    And Expression Web automatically uses it when the fault above is not active.

    A good test is to use the british spelling Colour which the US spell as Color.
    Or in Expression Web go to Tools, Spelling, Spelling Options…, Custom Dictionarys…
    Then click on the Dictionary Language Box and see which Dictionarys are available.

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