Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Hiding Errors.

Hiding Errors

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 17, 2015)

Word includes handy spelling and grammar checkers that can take the hard edges off some of your writing. Sometimes, however, it is nice to turn those features off so you aren't distracted by the red and green squiggly lines as you are feverishly typing your masterpiece.

If you are using a version of Word prior to Word 2007, you probably already know that you can use settings on the Spelling & Grammar tab of the Options dialog box to hide both spelling and grammar errors. An easier way to turn errors on and off is to simply right-click on the Spelling and Grammar Status icon on the status bar. (This icon looks like an open book, sometimes with either a pencil or a red X over it.) When you right-click you can see a Context menu that allows you to turn error display on or off.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (934) 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: Hiding Errors.

Author Bio

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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