Automatically correct spelling with words from the main dictionary

You can set up your program to automatically correct misspelled words that are similar to words in the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses.

 Note    Text included in hyperlinks is not automatically corrected.

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Enable AutoCorrect to use the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses

When you install Microsoft Office, AutoCorrect is set by default to try to match and correct a misspelled word with a word in the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses. However, if you want to make sure this option is enabled.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Proofing.
    If you are using Outlook, click Mail, and then click Editor Options.
  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.
  5. On the AutoCorrect tab, select the Automatically use suggestions from the spelling checker check box.

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Specify an AutoCorrect exception manually

AutoCorrect may cause a problem for you if you regularly use a word that is not in the main dictionary but is similar to a word in the main dictionary. You can fix this problem by adding the word to the AutoCorrect Exceptions list.


 Notes 

  • When you add a word to the Exceptions list, the word is also added to the default custom dictionary in the spelling checker.
  • The Exceptions list is global across the Office programs that support this feature, which means that any change you make to this list in one program also affects the other programs
  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Proofing.
    If you are using Outlook, click Mail, and then click Editor Options.
  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.
  5. On the AutoCorrect tab, click Exceptions, and then click the Other Corrections tab.
  6. Type the misspelled word in the Don't correct box.
  7. Click Add, and then click OK.

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Specify an exception automatically when you undo an AutoCorrect change

If AutoCorrect makes an unwanted correction when you are editing a document, you can undo it by pressing CTRL+Z. You can also set up your program so that it automatically adds the word to the Exceptions list when you undo an AutoCorrect change. After you do this, AutoCorrect stops changing that word.

 Note    The Exceptions list is global across the programs that support this feature, which means that any change you make to this list in one Office program also affects the other programs.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Proofing.
    If you are using Outlook, click Mail, and then click Editor Options.
  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.
  5. On the AutoCorrect tab, click Exceptions, and then click the Other Corrections tab.
  6. Select the Automatically add words to list check box.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2013, Publisher 2013, Word 2013, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Word 2010