Check Brazilian Portuguese spelling using post-reform spelling rules

You can check the spelling of Brazilian Portuguese by using the pre-reform spelling rules, post-reform spelling rules, or both. To do this, you must first configure your Microsoft Office programs to use the Brazilian Portuguese language, and then configure them to use the Portuguese spelling rules that you want.

With the language pack for Brazilian Portuguese installed, you can choose from the following spelling rules:

Post-reform only (new spellings)   

This is the default setting. Only words that were considered correctly spelled after the spelling reform will be verified and suggested; pre-reform variants will be flagged.

Pre-reform only (traditional spellings)   

Only words that were considered correctly spelled before the spelling reform will be verified and suggested.

Both pre- and post-reform (both new and traditional spellings)   

Both pre-reform and post-reform spelling variants are verified and suggested.

In this article

Before you begin

Step 1: Configure Office programs to use the Brazilian Portuguese language

Step 2: Use Portuguese post-reform spelling rules

Before you begin

To check the spelling of Portuguese text you must be using a Portuguese-language version of Microsoft Office, or install the Office language pack for Portuguese and configure your Office programs to use the Portuguese language. For more information about language packs, see Buy, install, configure, or uninstall a Microsoft Office language pack.

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Step 1: Configure Office programs to use the Brazilian Portuguese language

The following procedure assumes that you have already installed the appropriate language pack. If you have not done so, see Download, install, configure or uninstall an Office language interface pack.

To configure Office to edit the Portuguese (Brazil) language
  1. Open a file in an Office program, such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  2. Click File > Options > Language.

  3. If Portuguese (Brazil) is not in the Editing Language list under Choose Editing Languages, click Add additional editing languages, select Portuguese (Brazil) in the list, and then click Add.

  4. Under Choose Editing Languages, in the Editing Language list, select Portuguese (Brazil).

  5. Click Set as Default.

  6. If you want to change the language that Office programs display by default in the program's controls or the language of Help, select languages under Choose Display and Help Languages.

  7. If you selected a new language for either Display Language or Help Language, click Set as Default below each selection.

  8. Restart all Office programs for your changes to take effect.

Note   If your computer is not properly configured for editing Portuguese (Brazil), Not enabled or Not installed may appear in the Keyboard Layout or Proofing columns. To learn more about these alerts, see What does Not enabled or Not installed mean?

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Step 2: Use Portuguese post-reform spelling rules

The Brazilian Portuguese modes are available only if you are using a Portuguese-language version of Office, or after you have installed and configured a language pack for Portuguese.

To configure spelling rules for Brazilian Portuguese in Office programs
  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options, and then click Proofing.

    Outlook does not give you access to the settings in Proofing. Use another Office program instead, like Word, when changing spelling rules for Office programs.

  3. Under When correcting spelling in Microsoft Office programs, for Brazilian Portuguese modes, select Post-reform, Pre-reform, or Both.

  4. Click OK

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Applies To: Excel 2016, Word 2016, Outlook 2016, OneNote 2016, Publisher 2016, Access 2016, Visio Professional 2016, Visio Standard 2016, Project Professional 2016, Excel 2013, Word 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013, Publisher 2013, Access 2013, Visio 2013, InfoPath 2013, Excel 2010, Word 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Access 2010, OneNote 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, InfoPath 2010, Visio Standard 2010, Visio Professional 2013, Project Pro for Office 365, Project Standard 2010, Project Standard 2013, Project Standard 2016, Project Professional 2013

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