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: Adding Phrases to the Grammar Checker.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 17, 2014)
Sheryl wonders if it is possible to add commonly used phrases to the grammar check so that they are not flagged as errors. Word flags them as either "wordy" or using too many nouns or verbs in a row, but her job requires documents with these phrases. Sheryl notes that the solution may be to turn off the grammar check, which she'd rather not do (even though Word is not exactly the arbiter of good grammar).
There is not really a good way to do this in Word. You could, if desired, modify the grammar options to exclude some of the individual settings so that some of the items aren't checked by the grammar checker. You can do this by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Spelling & Grammar tab of the Options dialog box.
For the issues described by Sheryl, you'll want to pay particular attention to the following options in step 4:
Disabling all or a combination of these options may resolve the problem. If it doesn't, then the best solution is to follow these general steps:
Figure 2. The Language dialog box.
Figure 3. The Create AutoText dialog box.
Now you can insert the AutoText entries in your document, as needed, and they won't be checked by the grammar checker. This is a bit more work than disabling a few grammar options, but it has the added benefit of providing a standardized way of making sure your spelling and capitalization is always correct on those phrases.
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