How to Stop MS Word From Checking Proofing Errors


Microsoft Word, also referred to as MS Word, is a word processing application developed by Microsoft. Users can create text documents, such as reports, essays and creative works, within the program. MS Word comes equipped with many built-in features including automated spelling and grammar proofing. When a user writes a word that is not in the software's built-in dictionary, MS Word underlines the word in red. When a user makes a possible grammatical mistake, the words or phrases are underlined in green. For some users, this immediate alert is a distraction. Fortunately, there is a way to turn this feature off.

  • Click on "Word" in MS Word's main menu.

  • Select "Preferences" to open the "Preference" window.

  • Click on "Spelling and Grammar" on the left-hand side of the window.

  • Uncheck "Check spelling as you type."

  • Uncheck "Check grammar as you type."

  • Click the "OK" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can still run a spelling and grammar check even if you turn the spelling and grammar proofing functions off. Simply click "Tools" in the MS Word main menu, and select "Spelling and Grammar."

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