Using Older Spelling and Grammar Checking

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 27, 2024)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


When Maury presses F7, Word displays the Editor pane at the right side of the screen. He much prefers the older spelling and grammar checking that was previously used in Word. So, Maury wonders if there is a way to make F7 bypass the Editor and pull up the older method.

The only way is through the use of a macro. The following single-line macro will display the old Spelling and Grammar dialog box with which Maury is familiar:

Sub DoTraditionalSpellCheck()
    Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show
End Sub

You can assign the macro to a shortcut key or add it to your Quick Access Toolbar.

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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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