Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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 December 11, 2015)

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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 (See Figure 1.) contains spelling suggestions that you can select. Word then replaces the word on which you right-clicked (the incorrect word) with the proper spelling.

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 and 2010. 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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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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