Check spelling and grammar, perform research, and translate your e-mail message

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Check your spelling or grammar

Perform research online

Translate text

Check your spelling or grammar

By default, Outlook checks spelling and grammar automatically as you type. Wavy red underlines indicate possible spelling problems, and wavy green underlines indicate possible grammatical problems.

If you want to check for all errors when you finish composing your message, do the following:

  • On the Format tab, in the Proofing group, click Proofing, and then click Spelling & Grammar.

Note   If you type a word incorrectly but the result is not a misspelling (for example, "from" instead of "form" or "there" instead of "their"), the spelling checker will not flag the word.

Perform research online

With research services, you can modify your search scope to include multiple resources or just the one that you want. Results from multiple resources are returned to you in an organized structure, so that you can scan the information quickly and stay productive. You can also navigate between the Research task panes in different 2007 Office release programs without losing your settings or search results in any program.

  1. Select the term that you want to research.

  2. On the Format tab, in the Proofing group, click Proofing, and then click Research.

Translate text

You can use bilingual dictionaries to look up words and short phrases in the dictionary of another language, or you can obtain a basic translation of words, phrases, or your whole document by using machine translation over the Web. By using Microsoft partners, you can obtain a professional translation of content. Fees and availability vary for professional translation. Details are provided when you use the Translate feature.

  1. Select your text.

    Tip   To select the entire message, click in the message body, and then press CTRL+A.

  2. On the Format tab, in the Proofing group, click Proofing, and then click Translate.

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Applies To: Outlook 2007

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