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Spell Check Microsoft Word Documents with a Keyboard Shortcut

Microsoft Word does a fairly decent job fixing common spelling mistakes with AutoCorrect. But sometimes you’ll need to edit another persons document, or write a quick draft and check spelling later. Here’s a quick tip to run a spell check Keyboard Kung fu style. 

Just hit Alt + F4 on your keyboard and it will start with the first misspelled word. If the first highlighted word at the top of the list is correct, just hit Enter. Or you can arrow to the correct one, ignore it, or Add to Dictionary.

Alt F7

Hit Alt + F4 again and it will go to the next misspelled word. If you practice keyboard Kung fu, this makes correcting spelling mistakes in Word much easier.

Next Misspelled word

This should work with every version of Microsoft Word, at least 2003 and higher.

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5 Responses to Spell Check Microsoft Word Documents with a Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Ziggy March 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Strange! Didn’t work for Word 2007. Instead it closed the document. If I had Firefox running (or any other browser) and then opened a word document( and then hit Alt F4) it would switch me back to Firefox. Hit it again and it would offer to shut my computer down.

  2. Dean March 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Alt+F4 closes the current window on my current computer (Windows 7) as it did for the old one (XP). If I want to use the keyboard to do a spell check, I just kit the F7 key.

  3. Brian Burgess March 24, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    @Ziggy and @Dean — I had a typo in the article. The keyboard shortcut to spell check is Alt + F7 sorry for the confusion.

  4. Ziggy March 24, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    What have you been putting in your hot milk, Brian! (May I suggest you stick to hot milk and honey). Anyway thanks for the amendment. Works just fine now with the new key combinations.

    Now what was that combination again – oh yes, Alt +F2… Just kidding!!!

  5. Kate March 25, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Just wondering how this is superior to F7 on it’s own? If it’s keyboard shortcuts we’re looking for, once launched, I use Alt+I to ignore, Alt+G to Ignore All and Alt+C to change. Repeatedly hitting Alt+F7 seems a little annoying.

    Ah, but if you are interested in spellchecking just that word you just typed that came up with a red underline, Alt+F7 replaces the need to right-mouse click. Useful as you’re typing. Thanks.

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