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Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2016

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange Server 2016 and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other.

Use the Get-MailboxSpellingConfiguration cmdlet to retrieve the Microsoft Office Outlook Web App spelling checker settings of a specified user. For example, users can set their dictionary language and configure the spelling checker to ignore mixed digits and words in all uppercase.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.

Get-MailboxSpellingConfiguration -Identity <MailboxIdParameter> [-DomainController <Fqdn>]

This example retrieves the Outlook Web App options of user Tony.

Get-MailboxSpellingConfiguration -Identity Tony

This example returns the Outlook Web App spelling checker options for Tony's mailbox by specifying domain controller DC1 to get the information from Active Directory.

Get-MailboxSpellingConfiguration -Identity Tony -DomainController DC1

This example returns the Outlook Web App spelling checker options for Tony's mailbox by specifying the identity of the mailbox in the format domain\account.

Get-MailboxSpellingConfiguration -Identity contoso\tony

The Get-MailboxSpellingConfiguration cmdlet is primarily used to populate the spelling checker settings for end users in Outlook Web App. Administrators can also view users' settings by running this cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell. The following spelling checker settings are retrieved by the cmdlet for the specified mailbox:

  • Identity   This setting specifies the mailbox identity.

  • CheckBeforeSend   This setting specifies whether Outlook Web App checks the spelling of every message when the user clicks Send in the new message form.

  • DictionaryLanguage   This setting specifies the dictionary language used when the spelling checker checks the spelling in messages.

  • IgnoreMixedDigits   This setting specifies whether the spelling checker ignores words that contain numbers.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Spelling configuration" entry in the Recipients Permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the mailbox. You can use one of the following values:

  • GUID

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • Domain\Account

  • User principal name (UPN)

  • LegacyExchangeDN

  • SmtpAddress

  • Alias




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2016.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, dc01.contoso.com.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.

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