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The spelling and grammar checker flags mistakes and suggests corrections.
If you are checking spelling only and want to enable grammar checking, select the Check Grammar
option in the Spelling and Grammar dialog box. You can also turn this option on or off, along with
other spelling and grammar options, as described in the next section.
Spelling and Grammar Options
To set spelling and grammar options, select Tools, Options from the main Outlook menu to open
the Options dialog box and then click the Spelling tab. There are three elements on this tab:
n Always Check Spelling before Sending: Select this option if you want Outlook to check
spelling (and grammar, if selected) each time a message is sent.
n Ignore Original Message Text in Reply or Forward: Select this option if you want the
spelling/grammar checker to ignore quoted text when you reply to or forward a message.
n Spelling and AutoCorrections: Click this button to set additional spelling and grammar
options. You can also display these other spelling and grammar options by clicking the
Options button in the Spelling and Grammar dialog box.
Don’t Rely on the Spelling and Grammar Checkers
Outlook’s spelling and grammar checkers are useful tools, but they are not perfect — far from it,
in fact. They can be a help but are no replacement for your own skills and knowledge. Given
the complexity of English grammar it is not surprising that the grammar checker makes frequent
mistakes. And though the spelling checker can catch a lot of misspellings it cannot tell when you have,
for example, used “there” instead of “their” or misspelled “so” as “do.”
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