Every now and then, I'm working on a document and notice a typo that Word hasn't flagged. What's more, if I run a spell check on the document, Word tells me that the document is error-free. Now I'm talking about a blatant spelling error like: goiing. I've verified that the Word's spell check works fine in other documents - just not in the particular document that I'm working on. This has happened to me quite a few times until I finally figured out the solution: the culprit was the Proofing Language Preferences. If this happens to you, follow the instructions below and see if it helps.
If Spell Check Doesn't Work in a Document
- Press Ctrl + A to select all the text in the document.
- Click the Review tab on the Ribbon.
- Click the Language icon on the Ribbon.
- Click Set Proofing Language to display the Language dialog box.
- Uncheck the Do not check spelling or grammar check box.
- Click OK.
If this doesn't work, verify your Proofing Exceptions option to ensure that the Hide Spelling Errors in this document only box isn't checked.
To Turn Off Proofing Exceptions
- Click the File tab on the Ribbon.
- Click Options in the left pane.
- Click Proofing in the left pane.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page until you see the Exceptions for: area.
- Ensure that the Hide spelling errors in this document only is not checked.
- Click OK
Hopefully, one of these two solutions will help fix your spell-checking woes.
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