Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Change Back to “ whatever”: Undo the AutoCorrection.
Stop Automatically Correcting “ whatever”: Remove the word from the AutoCorrect
dictionary so that it’s not corrected automatically again. (But it may still be flagged as incorrect by the
spell checker.)
Control AutoCorrect Options: Display the AutoCorrect dialog box, which is used to
customize various AutoCorrect settings and to edit or create new entries in the AutoCorrect library.
Refer to the section “Control Word’s Proofing Options,” later in this chapter.
Grammar Be Good
Mark Twain once referred to spelling in the English language as “drunken.” If that’s true, English
grammar must be a hallucination. To help you to detox, Word comes with a grammar checker. It’s
just like having your eighth grade English teacher inside your computer — only it’s all the time and
not just third period.
Word’s grammar checker works on the fly, just like the spelling checker. The main difference is that
words are underlined with a blue, not red, zigzag underline. That’s your hint of Word’s sense of
grammatical justice, which, as I’ve written elsewhere, is merely a suggestion, given the illusionary
nature of English grammar in the first place.
As with a spelling error, right-click the blue-underlined text. The pop-up menu that appears either
explains what’s wrong or offers an alternative suggestion. You also have the option to ignore the
error, which I find myself using quite often.
Sometimes, you may be puzzled about a word that the grammar checker flags as
wrong. Don’t give up! Always check the entire sentence for a potential error. For example, the
grammar checker may suggest had in place of have. Chances are good that have is correct but
another word in the sentence has an unwanted s attached.
You can customize or even turn off grammar checking. Refer to the section “Control Word’s
Proofing Options,” later in this chapter.
All-at-Once Document Proofing
You can cheerfully ignore all of Word’s on-the-fly document proofing, and instead opt to make a
once-over scan for spelling and grammatical errors. This process can take place when you’re done
writing, just before printing or publishing your document. I consider it a final scan, kind of like
ironing out the wrinkles in a freshly laundered shirt. Here’s how it works:
1. Click the Review tab on the Ribbon.
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