Update for Office 2003 French Spelling Checker and Thesaurus (KB892258)

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This update fully supports the French spelling reform with a new spelling checker and an updated thesaurus for French-language documents when using Microsoft Office 2003.
  • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.


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    KB Articles: KB892258

  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

      • This update applies to the following product: Microsoft Office 2003

      • To install the update, you must have the following:
        • Office 2003 Service Pack 1

        • Note   The full-file version (office2003-kb892258-fullfile-enu.exe) of this update installs successfully on Office 2003 installations at Service Pack 1 level or earlier.

    • Note: Administrators should refer to the Administrator resources section.

      Installation instructions
      If you have Office 2003, do one of the following:

      • Use Office Update on the Office Online Web site (recommended). Office Update automatically detects Office and prompts you to install updates and service packs that bring Office programs up-to-date.

      • Install Update for Office 2003 French Spelling Checker and Thesaurus (KB892258). To do this, follow these steps:
        1. Download one of the two .exe files by using the links at the bottom of the page, and then save the file to your hard disk drive.
          • office2003-kb892258-client-enu.exe: You should download this file if you have access to your original product CD-ROM. You might need to provide the installation source during patch installation if you have previously updated your product.
          • office2003-kb892258-fullfile-enu.exe: Download this file if you do not have access to your original product CD-ROM or if you have experienced problems installing the office2003-kb892258-client-enu.exe.
        2. It is recommended that you quit any programs you are running.

        3. In Windows Explorer, double-click the .exe file that you saved to your hard disk drive, and follow the instructions on the screen.

      Administrator resources
      Administrators working in managed environments can find complete resources for deploying Office updates in an organization on the Office Admin Update Center. On that site, scroll down and look under the Update Resources section for the product version you are updating.

      The downloads for this update are under the Files in this Download section below. You can double-click the executable package to begin installation, or extract the patch files (MSP files) by using a command line. The command line and instructions are included in the Knowledge Base article (197147): Command-Line Switches For IExpress Software Update Packages.

      See the Microsoft Knowledge Base article Description of the Update for Office 2003 French Spelling Checker and Thesaurus (KB892258) for further information about this update.
    • An optional add-on is available for download to allow users specify one of three ways to use the new French Spelling Checker. With this add-on, users can select one of the three spelling reform settings described below:

      • Traditional Spelling: the new spellings are not recognized at all and are flagged as incorrect.

      • New Spelling: the new spellings are recognized while the pre-reform spellings are flagged as incorrect.

      • Traditional and New Spellings: both pre- and post-reform spellings are recognized as correct

      If you install Update for Office 2003 French Spelling Checker and Thesaurus (KB892258) without installing the add-on, your default setting will be Traditional and New Spellings.

      Get Office 2003 Add-in: French Spelling Checker and Thesaurus Settings