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: Turning Off a Dictionary for a Style.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 29, 2016)
If you use styles in your documents, chances are pretty good that you will end up defining styles for things such as tables, illustrations, and the like. There is also a good chance that you will want these types of paragraphs to be skipped when doing a grammar- or spell-check. You can ensure this by doing the following if you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003:
Figure 1. The Modify Style dialog box.
Figure 2. The Language dialog box.
If you are using Word 97 or Word 2000, these are the steps you should follow:
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