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In Depth Information
Spell It Write
In This Chapter
Dealing with typos and spelling errors
Adding or ignoring unknown words
Correcting words automatically
Fixing grammatical boo-boos
Reviewing your document
Customizing proofing options
Checking AutoCorrect settings
There’s no such thing as spelling in English. Spelling in English evolved over time. Even the
venerable Bard, William Shakespeare, spelled his own name several different ways. It wasn’t until the
notion of the “dictionary” appeared that spelling became more or less standardized.
The same feeling of randomness can be applied to English grammar. Despite all those schoolteachers
and editors out there, English is not Latin. English grammar has more exceptions than it has rules.
That makes English a remarkably flexible and poetic language, but also makes it frustrating to discern
meaning or ply some type of consistency from our mother tongue.
Word tries its best to remedy the situation: It comes with document-proofing tools. They include
onthe-fly and in-your-face spelling and grammatical checkers. This chapter describes how they work,
when to use them, and how to disregard them.
Check Your Spelling
Spell checking in Word works the second you start typing. Offending or unknown words are
immediately underlined with the red zigzag of shame. Word can also be employed to scan the entire
document, word by word, for your attempts at mangling the English language. Word can be trained to use
the AutoCorrect feature to automatically correct your common typos and misspellings. This section
describes the details.
Checking words as you type