Check spelling before sending an e-mail

In Outlook for Windows, there is an option to always check spelling before sending an e-mail message. Outlook for Mac does not have this option; instead it checks for spelling errors as you type. Outlook uses a dashed, red underline to indicate possible spelling errors. You can also check spelling at any time by using the Spelling button.

Do any of the following:

Check spelling automatically as your type

  1. When you see a word with a dashed, red underline, hold down CONTROL , and then click the word.

  2. On the shortcut menu, do one of the following:


Do this

Choose from a list of suggested corrections

Click one of the guesses at the top of the shortcut menu.

Remove the dashed, red underline for one instance of a word

Click Ignore Spelling.

To add a word to the spelling dictionary

Click Learn Spelling.


  • To turn off automatic spell checking, on the Edit menu, point to Spelling and Grammar, and then clear the check mark next to Check Spelling While Typing.

Check spelling at anytime

  1. Open a new message, and then type what you want in the message body.

  2. On the Options tab, click Spelling  PowerPoint Spelling Preferences button .

See also

Check spelling and grammar

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