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Spell-checking Uppercase Words

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 24, 2018)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


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Word includes a powerful spell-checker that, in reality, does a pretty good job. If you do quite a bit of technical writing and use a lot of acronyms, you know that most of them are easily flagged as misspelled words. You can make sure that Word ignores uppercase words in any spell-check by following these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Spelling & Grammar tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Spelling & Grammar tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Ignore Words in UPPERCASE check box is selected.
  5. Click on OK.

The only downside to making this configuration change, of course, is if you use all uppercase for section titles or for other special words. In this case, Word still ignores them, since they are uppercase. Make sure you change the setting of this check box based on the type of work you are doing in your current document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (66) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Spell-checking Uppercase Words.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2022-01-23 00:59:58

Steve Baker

I write a lot of Usenet posts that have a subject header field. I capitalize some words for emphasis and want these words completely ignored when I run them through a macro I have set up. The macro is simple. It takes the words I've highlighted and copied and runs the "change case" to capitalize all words. Then it runs the spell checker part of the macro. If a word, such as "LOL" is in the title, it gets ignored, because that word is not in the default dictionary and spell check is set to ignore capped words. However, if I cap the word "COOL", which IS in the dictionary, Word changes the case to first letter only.
Ex: "LOL... He Thinks He's COOL", gets changed to "LOL... He Thinks He's Cool" - LOL stays the same because it's not in the dictionary and gets ignored. I want words that I've capitalized to stay capped.
I've put "COOL" in exclusionary dictionaries and can't seem to get it to work. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.


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