Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Hiding Errors.

Hiding Errors

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 21, 2021)

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Word includes handy spelling and grammar checkers that can take the hard edges off some of your writing. Sometimes, however, it is nice to turn those features off so you aren't distracted by the red and green squiggly lines as you are feverishly typing your masterpiece. If you want to turn off the red and green squiggly underlines, then follow these instructions:

  • Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and later versions display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  • At the left side of the dialog box, click on Proofing. (See Figure 1.)
  • Figure 1. The proofing options of the Word Options dialog box.

  • Make sure that the Check Spelling As You Type and Mark Grammar Errors As You Type checkboxes are clear.
  • Click OK.

With the checkboxes clear, Word will no longer check for spelling and grammar inline and those squiggly lines won't appear. To turn them back on, simply follow the instructions, but check the checkboxes.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6085) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Hiding Errors.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2021-05-21 23:16:55

Phil Maier

G'dy Allen,
I found Ken's comments interesting, subject for further reading. Sorry that I cannot help Larry though.

Of course having a macro, such as below, and assigning it to a keystroke like Ctrl+?,T would make it even more useful.

Thanks for all the hard, helpful work over so many years,
Phil Maier.
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Sub Toggle_SpellCheck_OnOff()
'
' Macro Toggle_SpellCheck_OnOff
' assumes Spell & Grammar check are the same
'
Dim MyStr As String

If Options.CheckSpellingAsYouType = True Then
Options.CheckGrammarAsYouType = False
Options.CheckSpellingAsYouType = False
MyStr = "OFF"
Else
Options.CheckGrammarAsYouType = True
Options.CheckSpellingAsYouType = True
MyStr = "ON"
End If

MsgBox "Spell & Grammar checks are " & MyStr & "."

End Sub


2017-02-04 05:53:50

Ken Endacott

It may be preferable to set “Hide spelling errors…” rather than “Check spelling as you type”. They both will suppress squiggly underscores but differ in their application.

“Check spelling as you type” and “Mark grammar as you type” apply to the current user’s Word installation and will apply to any document opened by that user. If the document is subsequently opened by another user then the settings for the new user's Word installation will apply.

“Hide spelling errors in this document only” and “Hide grammar errors in this document only” apply only to the current document and the settings travel with the document. If another user opens the document then the settings for that document will apply.

Irrespective of the settings, the spell checker continues to run in background, you cannot turn it off. A list of spelling and grammar errors is maintained as you make text changes but are not visible (no squiggly underscores are shown) if “Check spelling as you type” is cleared or “Hide spelling errors… “ is set. However, you can still see the errors one by one in Review tab > Spelling & Grammar.

Incidentally, there are a total of 9 conditions that must be met before a squiggly lines appears under a word.


2017-02-03 09:29:13

Larry

Great tips, but having Word for Mac 2011, a lot of the features are different.... no option box (that I can find), and no file tab in the ribbon....

So, would be nice to have something for Mac.....


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