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: Fast Spelling Corrections.

Fast Spelling Corrections

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 18, 2018)

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As you are typing in your document, you may have noticed that some of your words are underlined with a red wavy line. These are words for which Word is questioning your spelling. You can quickly correct your spelling (assuming you agree that it may be incorrect) by right-clicking on the word in question. The resulting Context menu contains spelling suggestions that you can select. Word then replaces the word on which you right-clicked (the incorrect word) with the proper spelling. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Right-click on a misspelled word to correct it.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12097) 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: Fast Spelling Corrections.

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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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What is 5 - 2?

2015-12-11 14:28:58

Lene Fredborg

From my website, www.wordaddins.com, You can download a free add-in that adds AutoCorrect Options to the right-click menu. The add-in works with Word 2013 and Word 2016 on PC (not Mac).


2015-12-11 09:47:34

Steve Cohen

Follow-up:

If you go to https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178954(en-us).aspx and scroll all the way down to the Word table, it explains why they changed it.


2015-12-11 09:27:07

Steve Cohen

To respond to Jos; you can't. Microsoft removed it because they said "...they needed the real estate for other functions". (Paraphrasing, but you get the gist).

This was absolutely absurd, I know many people who used this handy function. What Microsoft recommended was to add the AutoCorrect to the Quick Access toolbar. Definitely not the same, I can tell you that.


2014-01-30 03:35:29

Jos

In Word 2013 the Context Menu does not contain an AutoCorrect option, which I think is very useful. How do I add this option to the menu?


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