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Ignore Numbers in Spell Check

Friday, February 12th, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

We all depend on the Spell Check feature (far more than we should) to alert us to mistakes and typos.

Ever make a typo that involved a number accidentally inserted into the text?

Think about it. It’s not that hard to do… just a small overreach and you’ve hit a number key across the top of the keyboard and…

Poof! You’ve got an obvious typo and Spell Check isn’t going to say a peep about it.

The question is, why not? What keeps Spell Check from speaking up and saying “Hey – I think you made a mistake here”?

The answer is simple; it’s set not to tell you.

If you want these types of mistakes caught by the Spell Check then you’ve got to set your options to reflect your choice.

People using an older Office program need to start with the Tools menu, Options choice.

In the Options dialog box go to the Spelling & Grammar tab.

For those of you with Office 2007 go to the Office Button menu then click the Options button for that program.

You’ll need to go to the Proofing category of options.

At this point we’re all ready to locate and uncheck the “Ignore words with numbers” option.

Then click OK.

That’s it – now those random typos that come from fingers brushing the top row of keys will be included in the Spell Check’s list of “no-no’s”.


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