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: Setting Spell-Checking Options.

Setting Spell-Checking Options

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 20, 2021)

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Word includes a spelling checker that you can use to proof your documents. There are a few options that you can set for the spelling checker. For instance, you can make sure the spelling checker doesn't check words that are all uppercase or those that have numbers in the word. To change the spelling checker options, follow 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 changes in the options, as desired.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1030) 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: Setting Spell-Checking Options.

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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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2015-12-28 11:33:01

Allen

Lennart: I suspect you have one of the newer versions of Word. This tip is for those using the very old versions (Word 2003 and before). There is a link at the beginning of this tip and at the end that takes you to a version for the later versions.

-Allen


2015-12-28 05:34:23

Lennart von Blotnitz

I cannot find the tools menu.Ok: I open the Words page. On the right I press "find" the I type in "Tools Menu" The answer is: The search Item was not found.

I want to cancel ALL spelling "Aids" as I use any one of three languages when I use Word. (I never use Word, however, I always used "Word Pad", which seems to have vanished now that I have Windows 10


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