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How to Set Word 2010's Proofing Options

You can proof a document in Word 2010, checking not only spelling, but also grammar. All Word document proofing options and settings are kept in one place, buried deep in Word’s bosom, where you can make any adjustments you want:

1

Click the File tab and choose Options from the menu that appears.

The Word Options window opens.

2

Choose Proofing on the left side of the Options window.

The right side of the window contains options and settings for document proofing.

3

To turn off on-the-fly spell checking, remove the check mark by the item Check Spelling As You Type.

After you deselect this check box, Word no longer displays the red zigzags under words it thinks are misspelled.

4

To disable grammar checking, remove the check mark by the item Mark Grammar Errors As You Type.

If you deselect this check box, you don't see Word's grammar-error green squiggles in your text.

5

Click the Settings button by the Writing Style drop-down list to customize and hone the grammatical transgressions that Word marks.

For example, you may want to disable the Fragments warning because Word is often wrong when flagging fragments.

6

Click the AutoCorrect Options button in the Word Options window.

The AutoCorrect dialog box and its slew of automatic word-correcting and typo-fixing options appears.

7

Make any changes you want in the AutoCorrect tab.

You can deselect check boxes for items you don't want Word to automatically correct.

8

Click the AutoFormat tab.

This tab includes options you can select or deselect, if you want.

9

Remove the appropriate check marks to disable any unwanted features.

If you don’t like how Word changes Web page addresses in your document into real hyperlinks, remove the check mark by the option Internet and Network Paths with Hyperlinks on the AutoFormat tab. The AutoFormat tab also harbors those insidious options that automatically create bulleted lists and heading styles in Word; remove the appropriate check marks to disable those unwanted features.

10

When you’re done working in the Word Options window, click the OK button.

Word locks in whichever changes you’ve made.

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