Quickly Accessing Spelling and Grammar Options

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 27, 2016)

Exactly how Word performs a spell check or a grammar check is controlled by the settings on the Spelling & Grammar tab in the Options dialog box. To display the proper tab you normally choose Tools, then Options, and finally click on the Spelling & Grammar tab.

Word provides a quick way to pull up the spelling and grammar options, however: Simply right-click on the "open book" icon in the status bar, and then choose Options from the resulting Context menu. The Spelling & Grammar tab is displayed, alone, in its own dialog box. You can quickly make changes, dismiss the dialog box, and get on with other editing tasks.

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