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Controlling Spell Check in PowerPoint

When the wavy red line became a part of the Spell Checker feature, I fell in love with it. I like that I know immediately when and where there is a problem.

On the other hand, I also know that I spend more time actually composing my writing, since I frequently stop, go back and fix those errors as they occur. It takes a lot of extra time to keep pausing my thoughts and backing up in the text.

For those of you who really don’t want that distraction as you type and are very good about always running the Spell Check when you’re done, you may be happy to know that you can choose to have PowerPoint hide the errors as you work.

Don’t worry, this isn’t turning off the Spell Check feature… it still knows that there is a problem, but it won’t immediately flag it.

You’ll need to run the Spell Check to have it pointed out for correction.

Here’s what you need to know, to make this happen for you.

First we need to get into the Options dialog box. (Office Button / File tab, Options choice)

Once into your options select the Proofing category on the left.


Under the When correcting spelling inPowerPoint section, check the option to Hide spelling errors.

Click OK.

That’s it… your spelling errors are no longer visible until you run Spell Check and ask for them to be shown.

~ April