I see wavy red or green underlines in a document

Cause: Word uses a red underline to indicate a spelling error.

Solution:    Correct the spelling error.

  1. Hold down CONTROL and click the word with the red underline.

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

To

Click

Correct the spelling error by using one of the suggested words

A spelling suggestion.

Choose from an expanded list of suggestions

Spelling, and then in the Suggestions box, double-click a word.

Tips: 

    • To correct the spelling yourself, select and edit the text in the document.

    • If you do not see the word that you want in the list of suggestions, you can look up a word in the Office dictionary. To do this, on the Tools menu, click Dictionary.

Solution:    Have Word ignore the word or add it to the spelling dictionary.

  1. Hold down CONTROL and click the word with the red underline.

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

To

Click

Ignore this one instance of the word

Ignore

Ignore all instances of the word in the document

Ignore All

Add the word to your dictionary so that Microsoft Office recognizes it as a correctly spelled word

Add

Solution:    Turn off automatic checking of spelling.

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click Spelling and Grammar.

  3. Under Spelling, clear the Check spelling as you type check box.

Cause: Word uses a green underline to indicate a grammar error.

Solution:    Correct the grammar error.

  1. Hold down CONTROL and click the phrase with the wavy green underline.

  2. Do one of the following:

To

Do this

Correct the grammatical error by using one of the suggestions

On the shortcut menu, click the correction that you want.

Tip: For more information about a grammar error, click Grammar. At the top of the Grammar dialog box an explanation, such as "Subject-Verb Agreement," appears.

Correct the grammatical error by changing the text yourself

Select and edit the text in the document.

Solution:    Have Word ignore the grammar error.

  1. Hold down CONTROL and click the phrase with the wavy green underline.

  2. On the shortcut menu, click Ignore.

Solution:    Turn off automatic grammar checking.

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click Spelling and Grammar.

  3. Under Grammar, clear the Check grammar as you type check box.

See also

Check spelling and grammar in a different language

Check spelling and grammar

Proofing tools that are available for each language

Share Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Email Email

Was this information helpful?

Great! Any other feedback?

How can we improve it?

Thank you for your feedback!

×