Ignore uppercase words, numbers, or Internet addresses when checking spelling

The proofing options in Office programs include settings that you can apply to instruct the spelling checker to ignore certain types of words, including words written in capital letters, words that contain numbers, and words that are part of a URL (any web or file address). You can also specify whether the spelling checker flags repeated words.

You can find these settings in the Proofing dialog box of most Office programs. (In some Office 2007 programs, you'll find these settings in Spelling Options.) See Open the proofing options in your Office program below to learn how to access the proofing options in each Office program.

Options to ignore words when correcting spelling

Note: Changes you make to these options apply to all Microsoft Office programs, regardless of the program you are using to change the option.

Open the proofing options in your Office program

All programs except Outlook:

  • Click File > Options > Proofing.

Outlook:

  • Click File >Options > Mail > Editor Options > Proofing.

Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint:

  • Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image > [Program] Options > Proofing.

Outlook:

  • Open a mail item, and then click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image > Editor Options > Proofing.

InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher, and Visio:

  • On the Tools menu, point to Spelling, and then click Spelling Options.

Project:

  • On the Tools menu, click Options, click the Spelling tab, and then click More Spelling Options.

What does each option mean?

Select this check box:

To do this:

Ignore words in UPPERCASE

Ignore words in which all letters are uppercase. For example, if you select this option, the spelling checker does not flag ABC as a mistake.

Ignore words that contain numbers

Ignore words that contain numbers. For example, if you select this option, the spelling checker does not flag a1b2c3 as a mistake.

Ignore Internet and file addresses

Ignore words that are Internet and file addresses. Some examples of words that the spelling checker ignores when this option is selected are:

  • http://www.proseware.com/

  • \\proseware\public\

  • mailto:andy@proseware.com

Flag repeated words

Alerts you to repeated words. For example, if you select this option, the spelling checker will flag beep beep as a mistake.

See also

Select grammar and writing style options in Office 2013 and earlier

Select grammar and writing style options in Office 2016

Check spelling and grammar in Office 2010 and later

Check spelling and grammar in Office 2007

Check spelling and grammar in Office 2016 for Mac

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