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Check spelling, grammar, and clarity

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When you're working in a document, Word checks for spelling, grammar, and clarity.

Word autocorrects a lot of mistakes for you, and if it's not autocorrected, you'll see a squiggly line appear under misspelled words, a double underline for grammar, and a dotted line appear for issues with clarity.

Note: This feature is only available for Office 365 subscribers.

Fix spelling and grammar as you work

  1. Right-click text with a squiggly line or a double underline underneath.

  2. Select the correct spelling from the list of suggestions.

Check your entire document

  1. Select Review > Check Document.

  2. In the Editor pane, you'll see Corrections and Refinements to help improve your writing with each task broken down by category.

  3. Select a category to review, and Word shows a suggestion for each issue it finds.

    Select the drop-down arrow to see why Word suggests this advice.

  4. Select a change if you'd like to keep it, and Word moves to the next issue.

  5. You also have other options for working through document issues:

    • Ignore Once: Word skips this item once in your document.

    • Don't check for this issue: Word skips all instances of this issue in your document.

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