Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Setting Spell-Checking Options.

Setting Spell-Checking Options

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 6, 2015)

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Excel includes a spelling checker that you can use to proof the text in your worksheets. There are a few options that you can set for the spelling checker. For instance, you can make sure the spelling checker doesn't check words that are all uppercase or those that have numbers in the word.

To change the spelling checker options, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Proofing. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The proofing options in the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. Make changes in the options, as desired.
  5. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6151) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Setting Spell-Checking Options.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-01-02 06:39:53

Sharon

How can I set the spell check in excel to automatically pick up have the red line underneath a misspelt word and to be able to right click the misspelt word.
thank you


2015-05-18 11:01:33

Steve

Connie,

For Excel 10, go into File, Options, Proofing and click the AutoCorrect Options. Look for "hsa" in the left column and "has" in the righy column, and delete it. The bad news is that if you mis-type "has" as "hsa" it won't correct it. I don't know why it ignores the all capital rule.


2015-05-18 08:06:29

Connie

I still have a probem with HSA (it changes it to HAS). It will only stay HSA if I put periods after each letter even though I asked it to ignore upper case. Does anyone have a suggestion for that?


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