Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Correcting Your Spelling Errors
Getting rid of the squiggly red lines
More than a few people think that the squiggly
red lines that appear under misspelled words
are annoying. To keep those lines from
appearing, go to the File tab, choose Options, and go
to the Proofing category in the Options dialog
box. Then deselect the Check Spelling As You
Type check box.
Even with the red lines gone, you can do a
quick one-at-a time spell-check. Press Alt+F7
to scroll to the next misspelling and display a
shortcut menu for fixing it.
Words entered twice are also flagged in red, in which case the shortcut
menu offers the Delete Repeated Word option so that you can delete the
second word (see Figure 5-1). You can also click Ignore All to tell Word
when a word is correctly spelled and shouldn’t be flagged, or click Add
to Dictionary, which adds the word to the Office spelling dictionary and
declares it a correctly spelled word.
Running a spell-check
Instead of correcting misspellings one at a time, you can run a spell-check on
your work. Start your spell-check with one of these methods:
✦ Press F7.
✦ Go to the Review tab and click the Spelling & Grammar button.
✦ On the status bar, click the Proofing Errors button. (Move the pointer
over this button to see a pop-up message that tells you whether Word
has found proofing errors in your document.)
You see the Spelling task pane, as shown in Figure 5-2. As I explain shortly,
Word offers all sorts of amenities for handling misspelled words, but here
are options for correcting known misspellings in the Spelling task pane:
✦ Select the correct spelling and click the Change button.
✦ Click in the page you’re working on and correct the misspelling there;
then click the Resume button.