Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Word has an internal library stocked with zillions of words, all spelled correctly. Every time you
type a word, it’s checked against that dictionary. When the word isn’t found, it’s marked as suspect
in your document. The mark is a red zigzag underline. I’m sure you’ve seen it.
My advice: Keep typing. Don’t let the “red zigzag of a failed elementary education” perturb you.
Focus on getting your thoughts up on the screen rather than on stopping and fussing over inevitable
When you’re ready, say, during one of those inevitable pauses that takes place as you write, go back
and fix your spelling errors. Here’s what to do:
1. Locate the misspelled word.
Look for the red zigzag underline.
2. Right-click the misspelled word.
Up pops a shortcut menu, as shown in Figure 7-1 .
Figure 7-1: Deal with that typo.
3. Choose from the list the word you intended to type.
In Figure 7-1 , the word fancy fits the bill. Click that word and it’s automatically inserted into your
document, to replace the spurious word.
If the word you intended to type isn’t on the list, don’t fret. You may have to use a traditional
dictionary (the paper kind) or take another stab at spelling the word phonetically and then correct it
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