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Check Spelling As You Go in a PowerPoint 2007 Presentation

By Doug Lowe

In a PowerPoint presentation, spelling errors are small only until you use a projector to throw your presentation onto a 30-foot screen. The PowerPoint spell checker doesn’t make you wait until you finish your presentation and run a special command to point out your spelling errors. It boldly points out your mistakes right when you make them by underlining any mistake with a wavy red line.


Three words have been marked as misspelled: Rebuckling, snickerbockers (isn’t that a kind of cookie?), and Memorising. When you see the wavy red line, you have several options:

  • Make the correction: Retype the word using the correct spelling.

  • Let PowerPoint help: Right-click the word to see suggested spellings for the word. In most cases, PowerPoint can figure out what you meant to type and suggests the correct spelling. To replace the misspelled word with the correct spelling, just click the correctly spelled word in the menu.

  • Ignore the misspelling: Sometimes, you want to misspell a word on purpose (for example, if you run a restaurant named The Koffee Kup). More likely, the word is correctly spelled, but PowerPoint just doesn’t know about the word.

The spell checker can’t tell you when you’ve used the wrong word but spelled it correctly. For example, the second bullet point in mentions dime navels instead of dime novels.