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Get to know Word 2007 I: Create your first document

Click Play to view an animation showing how to right-click on red, green, and blue underlines to get suggested revisions.

As you type, Word might on occasion insert a wavy red, green, or blue underline beneath text.

  • Red underline     This indicates either a possible spelling error or that Word doesn't recognize a word, such as a proper name or place. If you type a word that is correctly spelled, but Word doesn't recognize it, you can add it to Word's dictionary so that it is not underlined in the future. You'll see how in the practice.
  • Green underline Word thinks that grammar should be revised.
  • Blue underline     A word is spelled correctly but does not seem to be the correct word for the sentence. For example, you type "too," but the word should be "to."

What do you do about the underlines? Right-click an underlined word to see suggested revisions (every once in a while Word may not have any alternate spellings). Click a revision to replace the word in the document and get rid of the underlines. Note that if you print a document with these underlines, they will not show up on printed pages.

A note of caution about green and blue underlines: Word is really good at spelling, which is pretty straightforward (most of the time). But grammar and correct word usage take some judgment. If you think that you are right, and Word is wrong, you can ignore the suggested revisions and get rid of the underlines. You'll see how in the practice.

Tip     If you prefer not to stop every time you see wavy underlines, you can just ignore them as you go. When you are through, you can tell Word to check spelling and grammar all at one time. You'll learn how in the practice.

Click Play to see how to accept suggested revisions for underlined words.

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