The spell checker matches the words in your document with the words in its dictionary. If a match is not found, the word is selected and possible corrections are suggested.
When checking the spelling or grammar in a document, you can temporarily leave the Spelling and Grammar dialog box, make corrections in the document, and then resume checking.
Customize spell checking options at the Word Options dialog box with Proofing selected in the left panel.
With the grammar checker, you can search a document for correct grammar, style, punctuation, and word usage.
When the grammar checker detects a grammar error, you can display information about the error by clicking the Explain button at the Spelling and Grammar dialog box.
Customize grammar checking with options in the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section of the Word Options dialog box with Proofing selected.
Turn on the Use contextual spelling option if you want Word to insert a wavy blue line below words that sound similar to other words. During a spelling and grammar check, Word will stop at a word with a wavy blue line and offer alternate words.
To display readability statistics on a document, insert a check mark in the Show readability statistics check box in the Word Options dialog box with Proofing selected and then complete a spelling and grammar check.
Word uses the CUSTOM.DIC custom dictionary when spell checking a document. Add your own custom dictionary at the Custom Dictionaries dialog box. Display this dialog box by clicking the Custom Dictionaries button at the Word Options dialog box with Proofing selected.
The Word Count dialog box displays the number of pages, words, characters, paragraphs, and lines in a document. Display this dialog box by clicking the word count section of the Status bar or clicking the Word Count button in the Proofing group in the Review tab.
Use the Thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms for words in your document. Display synonyms and antonyms at the Research task pane or by right-clicking a word and then pointing to Synonyms at the shortcut menu.
Use options at the Research task pane to translate words from a variety of languages and to search for and request specific information from online sources.
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