Check spelling and grammar, perform research, and translate your email message

Check your spelling or grammar

By default, Outlook checks spelling and grammar automatically as you type. Wavy red underlines indicate possible spelling problems, and wavy green underlines indicate possible grammatical problems.

 Note    The subject of a message isn’t spell checked.

If you want to check for all errors when you finish composing your message, do the following:

  • On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Proofing, and then click Spelling & Grammar.

 Note   If you type a word incorrectly but the result isn’t a misspelling — for example, "from" instead of "form" or "there" instead of "their" — the spelling checker won’t flag the word.

Automatically check the spelling before a message is sent

If you want each message that you send to be automatically spell checked before it is sent, do the following:

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Under Compose messages, select the Always check spelling before sending check box.

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Perform research online

With research services, you can change your search scope to include multiple resources or just the one that you want. Results from multiple resources are returned to you in an organized structure so that you can scan the information quickly and stay productive. You can also switch between the Research task panes in different Office 2010 programs without losing your settings or search results that are shown in any program.

  1. Select the term that you want to research.
  2. On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Research.

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Translate text

You can use bilingual dictionaries to look up words and short phrases in the dictionary of another language, or you can obtain a basic translation of words, phrases, or your whole document by using computer translation over the web. By using Microsoft partners, you can obtain a professional translation of content. Fees and availability vary for professional translation. Details are provided when you use the Translate feature.

Translate the whole message

  1. On the Review tab, in the Language group, and then click Translate.
  2. Click Translate Item.

Translate part of message

  1. Select the text.
  2. On the Review tab, in the Language group, click Translate Selected Text.

Translate a word or phrase

  • Click Mini Translator, and then rest the pointer over the word or select a phrase.

 Note   The first time that you use the translate commands, you must choose the translation language. If you have already chosen a translation language and want to change it, on the Review tab, in the Language group, click Translate, and then click Choose Translation Language.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010