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Word: Recheck spelling of words you ignored previously

June 8, 2010

You’ve already run Word’s spelling and grammar checker over your document. But now you want to run it again — from scratch. Maybe you ignored some words the first time round that you no longer want to ignore. The problem is that Word remembers your earlier decisions. So, can you get Word to run the spelling and grammar checker again, this time ignoring all the ‘ignore’ decisions you made previously? Yes!

Here’s how in Word 2003 and Word 2007…

Word 2003

  1. Go to Tools > Options on the menu.
  2. Select the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  3. Click Recheck Document (this button is called Check Document if you haven’t run the spelling and grammar checker since opening the document).
  4. Click Yes when asked if you want Word to recheck words you previously ignored.
  5. Click OK to close the Options window.
  6. Press F7 (or click ) to recheck the spelling and grammar.

Word 2007

  1. Click the Microsoft Office button Office_2007_button in the top left of the window.
  2. Click Word Options.
  3. Click Proofing on the left.
  4. Go to the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section.
  5. Click Recheck Document.
  6. Click Yes when asked if you want Word to recheck words you previously ignored.
  7. Click OK to close the Options window.
  8. Press F7 (or click the ABC icon on the Review tab) to recheck the spelling and grammar.

2 comments

  1. Thanks! I updated to 2010 and was unable to document the steps in 2007 for a friend.


  2. Yes but how to permanently turn on this feature as can be done in Word Perfect?



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