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How to Turn Off Spell Check in Microsoft Word

If you want to disable spell check in Word, you can easily turn it off and then run the spell check manually, here’s how.

The spelling check built into Microsoft Word can be a convenient tool for finding those hard-to-miss errors. With it enabled, Word checks your spelling as you type and provides an indicator of those misspelled words.

However, that squiggly red line might prove distracting. Maybe you see it and correct the word immediately, or you may decide to let it glare at you as you continue. Either way, the misspelling indicator can cause you to lose focus.

Luckily, you can turn off the automatic spell check in Microsoft Word and check your spelling after completing your document. This keeps you from being distracted and allows you to review your document when you’re ready. Here’s how.

How to Disable Spell Check in Word on Windows

To turn off spell check in Word on Windows:

  1. Open your document and press File > Options.
  2. Select Proofing on the left side.
  3. Move to the section labeled “When correcting spelling and grammar in Word” and uncheck the box for Check spelling as you type.
  4. Optionally, you can uncheck the box for Mark grammar errors as you type directly below it.
  5. Click OK to save your change(s).

Disable spell check in Word on Windows

How to Manually Check for Errors in Word on Windows

When you’re ready to run the spell check manually, you can do it one of two easy ways.

If you have the Spelling and Grammar Check icon in your status bar at the bottom of the Word window, click it.

Run spell check in Word on Windows

You can also go to the Review tab and click Editor on the top left of the ribbon.

Run spell check in Word on Windows

For another quick way to review the document, look at how to use a keyboard shortcut for spell checking in Word on Windows.

How to Disable Spell Check in Word on Mac

To turn off spell check in Word on Mac:

  1. Open your document and press Word > Preferences from the menu bar.
  2. Click Spelling & Grammar.
  3. In the Spelling section, uncheck the box for Check spelling as you type.
  4. If you like, you can also stop the grammar check as you work by unchecking the box for Check grammar as you type in the Grammar section.

Disable spell check in Word on Mac

You can then close the Word Preferences window. At this point, spell checking should be disabled, and you should have no further worries of red wavy lines appearing as you work on your document.

How to Manually Check for Errors in Word on Mac

When you’re ready to run the spell check manually in Word on Mac, you can use similar methods mentioned above for Windows users.

Either click the Spelling and Grammar Check icon in your status bar or go to the Review tab and click Editor in the ribbon. Both methods should give you a quick overview of any spelling or grammatical errors you’ve missed.

Run spell check in Word on Mac

How to Disable Spell Check in Word Online

You can also disable the spell check feature in Word online.

To disable spell check in Word online:

  1. Start by signing in and opening your document.
  2. Go to the Review tab.
  3. Click the Editor drop-down arrow and select Set Proofing Language.Click Editor, Set Proofing Language in Word for the web
  4. In the window that appears, check the box for Don’t check spelling or grammar.
  5. Click OK.

Disable spell check in Word for the web

As you can see, disabling spell check in Word online also disables grammar checking by default.

How to Manually Check for Errors in Word Online

When you’re ready to run the spell check manually in your online Word document, go to the Review tab, click the Editor drop-down arrow, and select Editor.

Run spell check in Word for the web

Use Spell Check When it Works for You

Even though Word’s automatic spell check feature is convenient, it’s not always beneficial to use it as you type. If you find yourself being distracted by it, turning off spell check is simple enough. Just remember to run the manual spell check to keep an eye on any errors, especially for professional documents or school papers.

For more, take a look at how to use Microsoft Editor in Word or how to customize autocorrect in Word on both Windows and Mac.

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