Visual Studio 2022 Spell Checker Only local language

Valentin THOMAS 20 Reputation points

Hello, I have lock the spell checker to check on only in the language of my windows (French). This is a problem for me because all English words are reported as misspelled.

How to re-add English as a valid language for the spell checker?

I would like to note that: I have not touched any option and that I have not found any documentation corresponding to a possibility of changing the language check (expete for .EditorConfig)

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  1. 早晨的阳光 95 Reputation points

    I tried all of the above to no avail, spell check doesn't handle English words and can only be solved using the add to custom dictionary method. This should be a bug.

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  1. Tianyu Sun-MSFT 28,756 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello @Valentin THOMAS ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A forum.

    Spell Checker is a new feature in Visual Studio 2022(from 17.5 preview 3). Since C#, C++ and Markdown all use English as the language for their keywords, Visual Studio will always use the "English (United States)" or "en-us" dictionary for spell checking. Visual Studio will also ask the instance of Windows for the display language it’s using, and if it’s not "en-us", it will use that dictionary as well. It is by-design currently.

    Spell Checker uses editorconfig for configuration, if you want to re-add English, you need to use a .EditorConfig file and set following:  


    Besides, if it worked before then resetting VS(run devenv /ResetSettings in Developer Command Prompt for Visual Studio 2022 ) may also work, see this document: /ResetSettings.

    Related blogs: Visual Studio Spell Checker Preview Now Available, Improving the Spell Checker.

    Best Regards,


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  2. Valentin THOMAS 20 Reputation points

    To fix it install or install basic typing functionality. To do it go in :
    StartSettings > Time & language > Language & region. > English (United State)

    After add a custom dictionary.

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