Tuesday 6 June 2006

Enable Contextual spelling in Microsoft Word 2007

We all know that sometimes Microsoft invents ingenious things but doesn't like to enable them by default. I don't know why this is, but that's just how it is. Recently Microsoft released Beta 2 of their wonderful (is it really?) Office software, which is available for free to the public. It comes with the contextual spelling check feature (which means that it will try to make sure that the word you have in the sentence actually makes sense) but it isn't enabled by default, here's how you can enable it!

  1. Open up Microsoft Word 2007
  2. Click on the 'Office Button' (i.e. the button that is to the top left corner of the screen)
  3. Then click on 'Word Options'
  4. In the left column of the window that pop's up click on 'Proofing'
  5. Now check the check box that says 'Use contextual spelling', you can also press the Alt key and the n key to do the same
  6. Click on OK
Now you should be able to see the blue underlines for words that don't relate to the context. I've been using this ever since I downloaded the beta, now you too can benefit from it... especially if you are like me and always keep making stupid little mistakes.

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  1. Good tip, Thanks

  2. I have been using MS Word already for couple years. But several days ago I wrote some lines in my doc file and suddenly something happened with my file. It turned out the file was crashed and I started seeking the decision of the problem. And I was succeeded. This tool I found on a soft forum - corrupted word files. It solved my problem quite easy and absolutely free.