I wasn’t sure if Notepad++ was going to install properly on my new laptop running Windows 7 64-Bit. After the initial installation of Notepad++ I was receiving an error that I assumed must be related to the fact that this was a 64-Bit OS and not a 32-Bit OS. The issue ended up being a silly mistake on my end and was very easy to resolve. Below I explain the error along with how to resolve the error. This should resolve the problem on any version of Windows regardless of if the OS is 64-Bit or 32-Bit.

Error: GNU Aspell and/or dictionaries are missing. Download installation files here: http://aspell.net/win32 . If Aspell is already installed, do correction of relative path to aspell-15.dll and restart

Image Of Exact Aspell Error:

Relative Path To Aspell-15.dll

If I had initially read the error correctly then I would have realized I forgot to install any dictionary files. The path to Aspell was fine but when it attempted to open any dictionary files this error appeared. To resolve the issue with Aspell visit the Aspell site and download your languages dictionary file. In my case this was the English dictionary which is currently titled aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe.  Once installed you should restart Notepad++ and it should work without issue on any version of Windows including XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and no matter if the operating system is 32-Bit or 64-Bit.


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31 Responses to “If Aspell Is Already Installed, Do Correction Of Relative Path To aspell-15.dll And Restart”
  1. karmakaze says:

    I have installed (and removed, and installed again, and installed again, and moved, and installed in multiple locations…) both Aspell and an English dictionary and no matter what I do, Notepad++ gives me the same error.

    I’ve tried installing it in the plugins directly, into the Program Files folder. I’ve tried giving Notepad++ the full location complete with drive letter. I’ve tried every version of formatting a relative path that I know. No matter what I do, Notepad++ still can’t find the .dll.

    I’ve done everything I can think of short of standing in front of the screen screaming “IT’S RIGHT THERE!!!!!”

    I’m out of ideas – what monumentally obvious thing am I missing?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello karmakaze,

    What OS are you using? What is the specific error? Have you ever been successful getting Notepad++ working on a different computer? Have you tried any other dictionaries?

    I might suggest trying your last option of standing in front of the computer and yelling as I have found that while this rarely fixes the issue (it seems to sometimes!) that regardless it will make you feel better. Please note though this should not be completed near small children as while you may be thinking of one sentence it is completely possible for that sentence to expand with words that are not as nice as the ones you are thinking about!

    Anyhow reply to the initial questions and I will be happy to provide any feedback that I can to assist.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. karmakaze says:

    It’s WinXP pro. It’s the exact error you have screencapped: “GNU Aspell and/or dictionaries are missing. Download installation files here: http://aspell.net/win32 . If Aspell is already installed, do correction of relative path to aspell-15.dll and restart” I’ve gotten notepadd ++ working, but not bothered with spellcheck on other computers. I have not tried other dictionaries.

    Mostly I find yelling at appliances scares the neighbors.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello karmakaze:

    I assume that it is 32-Bit. What is the full path to Aspell? (C:\Program Files\Aspell)? What about to the Aspell.exe file? (C:\Program Files\Aspell\bin\aspell.exe)? What do you have configured for the Aspell plugin location via Notepad++? (..\Aspell\bin)? Are you able to run aspell from a command prompt? You can do this by launching a Dos Command Prompt window (start >> run >> cmd). Change the directory to Aspell’s bin (cd C:\Program Files\Aspell\bin). Then type aspell.exe in the Command Prompt window. What is returned?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Gary Simpson says:

    Try copying the installer for the dictionary to your desktop and run it there. Had issues trying to install it from a network share.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Gary,

    Thanks for this information. The issue I initially had was because I had not installed any dictionary files however once I installed the dictionary files then everything else worked as expected after that.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    billy-bob Reply:

    this is the issue – “Run Installer from Desktop” – if installer is run from other locations it doesn’t ask to confirm the application directory to install to, thus it installs to some default location

    thanks gary!

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  4. Mark says:

    Thank you – that worked!!!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Mark,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. Jazfry says:

    I have the same situation as karmakaze
    but can add a bit of information.

    The executable is missing when I run the Aspell Installer.

    Notepad++ is installed
    I start the Aspell install file Aspell-en-0.50-2-3

    Error Message:
    Setup
    Aspell not found. Do you want to abort?
    If I click no, nothing happens.
    If I click yes, the installer runs, creates a directory with no exe or dll for notepad to point to.

    Of course Notepad can’t find a dictionary if it is not there.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jazfry,

    After installing Aspell did you install the English dictionary? It is two different installers. If yes what version of Windows are you running and is it 32-bit or 64-bit?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  6. Jazfry says:

    Thanks Alex.
    Your first question gave me the answer.
    I installed the Aspell dictionary but not Aspell.

    Maybe the site admin could star or space out the link for us newbes?
    I missed this completely link: Full installer (Released Dec 22, 2002)

    The program is working beautifully now.
    I am using 32-bit XP.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jazfry,

    Glad you got it worked out. Thanks for taking the time to follow up with what resolved the issue for you.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. M Chisty says:

    Dear karmakaze ,

    Just follow the steps mentioned by Gary Simpson. He pointed out the exact problem and his solution works just fine. I had the same issues as your, it was a pain … anyway, after keeping the installer file Aspell-en-0.50-2-3 in the desktop and installing from there simply solves the problem.

    And thanks to Garry.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Chisty,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback and let others know what resolved the problems you were having!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. mark^^ says:

    ahah it worked actually i was having there problems yeah alex you should fix the link for the whole aspell program before showing the dictionaries ^^but awesome job in helping

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    alex Reply:

    Hello mark^^,

    Not sure what URL’s need to be updated but thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  9. rmpbklyn says:

    OMG, thank you !!!!! i had this problem for year, who know all you needed was the dictionary too before adding. you think they include at least one LOL

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    alex Reply:

    Hello rmpbkln,

    No problemo. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  10. Macroe says:

    Aspell-15.dll & “..\Aspell\bin” issue solved in Notepad++

    Solution to missing Aspell-15.dll file in Notepad++

    Spell Checker Won’t Work in Notepad++ Problem

    * What a Journey !* First , Spell Checker DOES work in Notepad++ (N++) , so keep the faith * I installed it from > C:\Spell Checker\ N++ , all dictionaries , and the Aspell program Add & Remove Programs unins000.exe * Not all files have been deleted , however * Next , go to each of the (installed) directories and delete ALL files , then reboot * From this clean slate , create (or retain) two empty directories > Aspell and Notepad++ C:\Programs\ C:\Programs\Aspell\ C:\Programs\Notepad++\ aspell.net/win32/ * I found this site by inserting > Aspell Windows*

    * Remember , you can install in any directory you want including the default > C:\Program-Files\ C:\Programs\ *

    * Install (run) > Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe
    Select Destination Directory – double-click on > C:\Programs\ C:\Programs\Aspell )
    Select Start Menu Folder – choose any name or use the default , then press NEXT
    Select Additional Tasks – choose whatever you want , then press NEXT
    Ready to Install – confirm your choices , then press INSTALL
    Information window shows – you might want to ^C copy this and create a text file , then press NEXT
    Completing Aspell Setup window shows – the manual is not particularly useful at this point and is available in > C:/Programs/Aspell/doc/html/manual.html *
    Do-not run Aspell * You’re not really interested in the Command Line program are you ?*

    * Install (run) > Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe
    Immediately , a > tmpinst.bat TmpInstall
    @echo off
    echo Starting TmpInstall\setup-Aspell-en-0.50-2.exe
    start /wait TmpInstall\setup-Aspell-en-0.50-2.exe
    echo Removing TmpInstall
    deltree /Y TmpInstall
    del %0
    The > dict C:\Programs\Aspell npp.5.9.2.Installer.exe
    Installer Language window shows – press OK
    Notepad++ Setup window shows – press NEXT
    License Agreement window shows – read then press > I Agree Notepad++ C:\Programs\Notepad++\ Plugins / Spell-Checker Don’t use %APPDATA% “Change.log” file should come up by default >
    If you have followed these instructions perfectly , N++ should Spell Check now *
    Select > Plugins back up one directory , open the Aspell directory , then open the bin directory * Of course , you knew that , but it still didn’t work * The big question was – Where am I starting from * The answer is that you were starting from inside the directory where the “notepad++.exe” file is located , which is (in my case) “C:\Programs\Notepad++\” * There are , it seems , some links that are created properly only when the installs are done exactly correctly and in the correct order * N++ had been going to the right place all along (provided that the “Aspell” directory and the “Notepad++” directory were located under the same super-directory) * However , the links to files were , somehow , not being made properly * So now ya know *

    * BTW , be certain that you are-not using any files that have been “tar”ed * Files with the “tar” extension are almost certainly the linux versions of the programs *

    * I suggest that you copy and save this text for future reference *

    * Good luck and post your successes and failures on this website question-defense.com/ question-defense.com/2010/01/06/if-aspell-is-already-installed-do-correction-of-relative-path-to-aspell-15-dll-and-restart *

    * Many thanks to the folks at question-defense for making the broadcast of this solution possible *

    Macroe

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  11. cp says:

    Had similar problems as the ones described here on my 64bit Windows 7 OS. Had installed Aspell but when I ran the dictionary installer no dictionary got installed. Thought “how much install can there be in adding a dictionary?” So I simply opened the exe files with 7-zip (most archive managers should do) and dragged the “dict” and the “data” folders inside the “TmpInstall” folder to the “Aspell” folder. That did the trick.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello cp,

    Great. Thanks for taking the time to share this information.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    mozenwrathe Reply:

    Thank you.
    Thank you.
    THANK YOU.

    I swear, this had my ass kicked for.. months really. I love using Notepad++, but the fact I could not get the spell check to work was killing me. Your suggestion worked like a charm, and now Notepad++ is the champion of my desktop all over again. This will allow me to willingly and willfully suggest this program to as many people as I know as a replacement for Microsoft’s Notepad.

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  12. Hemant says:

    cp: your comment is awesome. I just did what you said. Works great. I have been using Notepad++ for the past 1 yr without getting time to fix the spell checker problem. For the past couple of weeks, I was working on it & today I saw your post. Did what you said & tat fixed the problem. Thanks man.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Hermant,

    Great to hear that cp’s recommendation assisted in resolving your issue. Thanks for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  13. kp says:

    Just running the installer as administrator worked for me on Windows 7.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello kp,

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience as it is likely to help others.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  14. Angela says:

    WOW! I have been struggling with this for 12 months, and now finally have got it to work using you suggestion. Thank you for taking the time.

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  15. Macroe says:

    Aspell-15.dll & “..\Aspell\bin” issue solved in Notepad++

    Solution to missing Aspell-15.dll file in Notepad++

    Spell Checker Won’t Work in Notepad++ Problem

    * What a Journey * First , Spell Checker DOES work in Notepad++ (N++) , so keep the faith * I installed it from C:\Spell Checker\ and it DID work fine (and did-not get lost) *

    * First you MUST uninstall all of it: N++ , all dictionaries , and the Aspell program in that order * N++ and the dictionaries can be uninstalled from Windows Add & Remove Programs , but Aspell , being a standalone Command Line program , must be uninstalled from its installed directory using unins000.exe * Not all files have been deleted , however * Next , go to each of the (installed) directories and delete ALL files , then reboot * From this clean slate , create (or retain) two empty directories Aspell and Notepad++ by those names only * These two directories MUST be under the same super-directory * I use C:\Programs\ , so my two directories are C:\Programs\Aspell\ and C:\Programs\Notepad++\ * Now install Aspell Program , at least one dictionary , and Notepad++ IN THAT ORDER *

    * It is untrue that these three installs need to be made from the Desktop * I created a directory called “Spell Checker” in the root (C:\Spell Checker\) and loaded the three install programs in there * Running the install programs exactly according to below , I had complete success *

    * Be sure to get the Windows version of ALL files * I found my Aspell and dictionary files on aspell DOT net/win32/ * I found this site by inserting “Aspell Windows” into my search engine , which is search DOT yippy DOT com/ * I highly recommend this search engine *

    * Remember , you can install in any directory you want including the default C:\Program-Files\ directory * However , the following instructions use my selected install directory C:\Programs\ *

    * Install (run) Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe (the Aspell Program):
    Select Destination Directory double-click on C:\Programs\ ONLY , then press NEXT (get C:\Programs\Aspell )
    Select Start Menu Folder choose any name or use the default , then press NEXT
    Select Additional Tasks choose whatever you want , then press NEXT
    Ready to Install confirm your choices , then press INSTALL
    Information window shows you might want to ^C copy this and create a text file , then press NEXT
    Completing Aspell Setup window shows the manual is not particularly useful at this point and is available in C:/Programs/Aspell/doc/html/manual.html *
    Do-not run Aspell * You’re not really interested in the Command Line program are you ?*

    * Install (run) Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe (the English Dictionary):
    Immediately , a tmpinst.bat file is created and a TmpInstall directory is created in “C:\Spell Checker\” * These are supposed to be temporary items
    The batch file contains:
    @echo off
    echo Starting TmpInstall\setup-Aspell-en-0.50-2.exe
    start /wait TmpInstall\setup-Aspell-en-0.50-2.exe
    echo Removing TmpInstall
    deltree /Y TmpInstall
    del %0
    The dict directory (in C:\Programs\Aspell) contains the meat of the dictionary
    Setup English Dictionary window shows , press NEXT
    Information window shows , press NEXT
    Select Destination Directory you should get C:\Programs\Aspell * If not , insert this or your text * Press NEXT
    Do-not get tricky at this point ; just install the dictionary in the Aspell (install) directory
    Select Start Menu Folder choose any name or use the default , then press NEXT
    Ready to Install confirm your choices , then press INSTALL
    Completing English Setup window shows press FINISH
    The “TmpInstall” directory in “C:\Spell Checker\” is supposed to be deleted but the “deltree” command in the batch file isn’t available to do it * Leave it there for now
    Don’t touch a thing here and now ; go on to install N++ *

    * Install (run) npp.5.9.2.Installer.exe (the Notepad++ Program):
    Installer Language window shows press OK
    Notepad++ Setup window shows press NEXT
    License Agreement window shows read then press I Agree
    Choose Install Location here you MUST select Browse and locate the install directory for N++ (C:\Programs in my case)
    In Browse select the Notepad++ folder and press OK * You should have C:\Programs\Notepad++\ (in my case) in the Location field ; press NEXT
    Choose Components be sure to select Plugins / Spell-Checker ; otherwise , choose whatever you want
    Choose “Context Menu Entry” , ALL “Plugins” , and “User Manual” for basics ; then press NEXT
    Choose Components URGENT You MUST choose (check) Don’t use %APPDATA% for the spell checker to work , then press INSTALL
    Completing Notepad++ Setup window shows I suggest that you run N++ here , press FINISH *

    * Run Notepad++ ; “Change.log” file should come up by default:
    If you have followed these instructions perfectly , N++ should Spell Check now *
    Select Plugins from the program’s task bar and then Spell-Checker and then Spell-Checker *
    If the Spell-Checker window shows items in the 3 fields , you have succeeded *

    * You (I) can now delete the “C:\Spell Checker\” directory (save the install programs somewhere though) and you’ve cleaned up *

    * The problem I had (and what others have been having) was that N++ could-not find all the files that it needed in order to spell check * Even the “..\Aspell\bin” didn’t work * That term (..\Aspell\bin) , by the way , means back up one directory , open the Aspell directory , then open the bin directory * Of course , you knew that , but it still didn’t work * The big question was Where am I starting from * The answer is that you were starting from inside the directory where the “notepad++.exe” file is located , which is (in my case) “C:\Programs\Notepad++\” * There are , it seems , some links that are created properly only when the installs are done exactly correctly and in the correct order * N++ had been going to the right place all along (provided that the “Aspell” directory and the “Notepad++” directory were located under the same super-directory) * However , the links to files were , somehow , not being made properly * So now ya know *

    * BTW , be certain that you are-not using any files that have been “tar”ed * Files with the “tar” extension are almost certainly the linux versions of the programs *

    * I suggest that you copy and save this text for future reference *

    * Good luck and post your successes and failures on this website http://www.question-defense.com/ , and for this particular problem http://www.question-defense.com/2010/01/06/if-aspell-is-already-installed-do-correction-of-relative-path-to-aspell-15-dll-and-restart *

    * Many thanks to the folks at question-defense for making the broadcast of this solution possible *

    Macroe

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  16. Kevin says:

    Wow, thank you. I was equally dense and failed to install a dictionary as well. I struggled with my failure to read the error message correctly for months before I found your guidance. I certainly feel dumb now, although, I do wonder whether a altered error message could have helped both of us.

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  17. Angs says:

    Thanks. It worked..

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