I’m getting an error about Word when trying to use the Vocabulary Tool

You may get a message There has been a problem with Microsoft Word, please check it has been correctly installed and activated before re-trying this operation when trying to use the Vocabulary Tool.

This issue can sometimes be displayed when using Word 2013 on Windows 8.  This can easily be fixed by:

  1. Ensure Read&Write has been closed
  2. Right click on the Read&Write icon on the desktop and go to Properties


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  1. On the Compatibility tab of the Properties window tick the option Run this program as an administrator

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  1. Ensure no other options are selected in the Compatibility tab and click OK
  2. Open Read&Write from the shortcut on your desktop. You will now be able to use the Vocabulary Tool