Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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: Spell-checking Uppercase Words.

Spell-checking Uppercase Words

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 31, 2020)

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Excel includes a powerful spell-checker that, in reality, does a pretty good job. You can use this tool to locate potential spelling errors in your worksheets. If your worksheets contain lots of acronyms, you'll find that Excel flags most of them as misspelled words.

You can make sure that Excel ignores uppercase words in any spell-check by following 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 later versions, 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 of the Excel Options dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Ignore Words in UPPERCASE check box is selected.
  5. Click on OK.

The only downside to this, of course, is if you use all uppercase for section titles or for other special words. In this case, Excel still ignores them, since they are uppercase. Make sure you change the setting of this check box based on the type of work you are doing in your worksheet.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6155) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Spell-checking Uppercase Words.

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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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What is three more than 4?

2020-03-10 21:26:46

John Mann

My Solution is simply to add the acronyms to the custom dictionary. In most situations, acronyms get reused from time to time, rather than being used only once, and never again (there will be exceptions, of course).


2020-01-06 09:33:59

LRussell

If you prefer not to edit the auto-correct listing you could also type H-SA hit the enter key then go back and edit to remove the - . That way your auto-correct will continue to correct hsa to has on other occasions.


2020-01-06 08:12:46

PhilW

@ScottG
You need to remove the autocorrect option that changes hsa to has. In Excel 2016 it is in File->Options->Proofing->AutoCorrect Options... Scroll down the list of replacements to find the hsa entry. Select it and click the Delete button. I believe this works the same way in prior versions of Excel.


2016-12-26 14:26:22

ScottG

Problem not auto-correcting spelling.
I have done the above steps in Excel 2013. - Ignore words in Uppercase is checked.
I can't get Excel to allow me to type HSA.

I have tried most obvious ways, Excel keeps correcting HSA to HAS.
HSA
'HSA
"HSA
*HSA
~HSA
"HSA"
'HSA'

Everything converts to HAS.

I guess it is time to go to 2016.


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