Automatically correct spelling with words from the main dictionary

You can set up your program to automatically correct misspelled words that are similar to words in the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses.

Note: Text included in hyperlinks is not automatically corrected.

What do you want to do?

Enable AutoCorrect to use the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses

Automatically add words for AutoCorrect to ignore when you undo AutoCorrect changes

Manually add words for AutoCorrect to ignore

Enable AutoCorrect to use the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses

When you install Microsoft Office, AutoCorrect is set by default to try to match and correct a misspelled word with a word in the main dictionary that the spelling checker uses. Since this setting can also be deactivated, you might want to verify later that it is active. You can do so with the following procedure.

To configure AutoCorrect to use suggestions from the spelling checker
  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Click Proofing.

    If you are using Outlook, click Mail instead, and then under Compose messages, click Editor Options.

  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.

  5. On the AutoCorrect tab, select Automatically use suggestions from the spelling checker if it is not already selected.

  6. If you made a change, click OK to make it effective.

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Automatically add words for AutoCorrect to ignore when you undo AutoCorrect changes

If AutoCorrect makes an unwanted correction when you are editing a document, you can undo it by pressing CTRL+Z. You can also configure the Office program to automatically add the word to the exceptions list when you undo an AutoCorrect change. After you add the word to the exceptions list, AutoCorrect stops changing that word.

Note:  The exceptions list is effective across all Office programs that support this feature. This means that any word that you add as an exception in one program will also be an exception in all other Office programs.

To configure an Office program to automatically add words to the exceptions list
  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Click Proofing.
    If you are using Outlook, click Mail, and then click Editor Options.

  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.

  5. On the AutoCorrect tab, click Exceptions, and then click Other Corrections.

  6. Select Automatically add words to list.

  7. Click OK.

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Manually add words for AutoCorrect to ignore

If you regularly use a word that is not in the main dictionary but is similar to a word in the main dictionary, AutoCorrect may cause you trouble by constantly changing the spelling of the word. You can fix this problem by adding the word to the exception list, a set of words that AutoCorrect does not change.

Notes: 

  • When you add a word to the exceptions list, the word is also added to the default custom dictionary used by the spelling checker.

  • The exceptions list is effective across all Office programs that support this feature. This means that any word that you add as an exception in one program will also be an exception in all other Office programs.

To specify a word for AutoCorrect to leave unchanged
  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Click Proofing.

    If you are using Outlook, click Mail instead, and then under Compose messages, click Editor Options.

  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.

  5. On the AutoCorrect tab, click Exceptions, and then click Other Corrections.

  6. Type the word that you want AutoCorrect to ignore in the Don't correct box.

  7. Click Add, and then click OK.

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