How to Run a Spell Check in Word 2007

Use the built-in Word 2007 spell checker after you create a document to proof it for typos, spelling errors, and repeated words. Then decide on a word-by-word case — or globally — whether you want Word 2007 to make spelling corrections.

  1. On the Review tab, click the Spelling & Grammar button.

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    The Spelling and Grammar dialog box opens and takes you to the first item that Word 2007 thinks is misspelled.

  2. Tell Word 2007 how to treat each item it finds misspelled.

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    Choose from these actions:

    • Ignore Once: Click this button to tell Word 2007 that this entry is fine.

    • Ignore All: Click this button to tell Word 2007 that every same spelling of this word is fine.

    • Add to Dictionary: Click this button to have Word 2007 add the word to its internal dictionary.

    • Change: First choose (click) a word from the Suggestions panel at the bottom of the dialog box. Then click this button to have Word 2007 insert the corrected word.

    • Change All: This works like Change but changes every instance of the misspelling in the document. You must choose a spelling from the Suggestions panel.

    • AutoCorrect: Clicking this button tells Word 2007 to insert the top-ranked word listed in the Suggestions panel.

  3. Click Close to exit the dialog box.

Click the Change All button of the spell checker only if you’re completely positive that you want a global spelling change made. Otherwise, you run the risk of introducing more spelling errors.

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