7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2011 3:18 PM by lllaass
Paisinho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
The red underlining of a misspelled word has disappeared in all writing windows when on the web as now on this forum. The underlining is still present in the mail app and in Pages. Anything I can do get it back as I am a notoriously bad speller.
Any tips would be appreciated.

iPhone 3G and 4 iPad 16, iOS 4, Xx
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (166,365 points)
    Have you tried resetting your iPad. It cures a lot of problems.
    Press and hold the On/Off Sleep/Wake button and the Home
    button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (85,705 points)
    I turned off auto correct and check spelling and saved this post. Then I force quit Safari, came back and I no longer got the red underline either when typing misspelled words.

    *This leads me to think that you should also check the settings on your IPad*

    Settings>general>keyboard>auto-correction and check spelling. Make sure you have both of those enabled. Go back to the home screen. Then quit the offending app where the behavior started. (double tap home button, recents tray at bottom comes up, tap on app icon until it wiggles, close the app). Go back into the settings, turn the spelling and auto-correction off and then enable them again ... just toggle them off and on.

    Then launch the app again and see if it now works. This worked for me when I experienced the same behavior that you described. You may have to restart your iPad and toggle the settings again, but if the hard reset don't work, this fix may do the trick.

    I experimented by disabling the spelling settings and sure enough I still got the red underline in Pages. I didn't try Mail but I did try typing this post when the settings were off, purposely made spelling errors, and I did not get the red line either while typing here.

    Convoluted, but it worked. Worth a try.
  • Paisinho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your help, but I did not get it to work. I don't want to reset the iPad as yet as I guess I would loose all other settings, like all the WiFi spots I use and won't be able to remember the password to make a reconnection when it becomes necessary.

    Anyone else with any idea, I hate not having the red underline for the misspelled words.
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,810 points)
    No promises but a system Reset cures many ills:
    Hold down the on/off switch and the Home button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo. Ignore the "Slide to power off" text if it appears.

    A Reset does not erase network passwords. Only the "Reset networks settings" does that. Also, a Reset does not delete apps, photos, movies, music or any other data.

    Finally, you might wish to download the 4.2 User Guide. Pay special attention to page 170.

    You might want to do something about your password situation. Sooner or later it's going to bite you.
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (85,705 points)
    The type of reset that Philly suggests is worth a try and you will NOT lose anything by doing it. No lost passwords, general settings, nothing like that.

    Try toggling the preferences in the keyboard settings for auto correct and spelling off and on. Then reboot the iPad again.

    As I stated, it seems convoluted trying my way, but I was actually able to recreate your dilemma and get back out of it the way I described to you and the spell check and auto correct worked again for me. Obviously if it did not work for you, it was of no use to you. You could give Philly's advice a try and then toggle as I suggest.

    I also agree that you should take care of your password situation before something really nasty occurs.
  • Paisinho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for all the help but nothing has brought back the red underline of misspelled worlds. I have reset the the iPad, cleared cookies, history and the cache of Safari but to no avail. The underlining works in all other applications but Safari. I think I give up but it really cheeses me off..

    If a know I word must be misspelled and I tap it a replacement is suggested though, weird?

    Any other ideas out there?
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (166,365 points)
    Restore from backup via iTunes. Then if still problem restore to factory defaults/new iPod via iTunes.