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Re-Spell Check in MS Word

Have you ever accidentally hit one of the Ignore buttons (especially the Ignore All button) when spellchecking an MS Word document?

How maddening is that?

Now, Word isn’t even noting the problem, and you’ve got to very carefully pick through the document to check for the problem, with no assistance from Word whatsoever.

Or do you?

What if there was a way to tell Word to recheck your document while ignoring your “Ignore” commands?

Sounds like it could be a time saver to me, so let’s take a look!

What we need to do is get into the Spelling & Grammar section of Word’s Options dialog box.

If you have an older version of Word, use the Tools menu, Options choice. Choose the Spelling & Grammar tab.


Users of Word 2007 and 2010 need to use the Office Button, Word Options button to access the Word Options dialog box. You need the Proofing category, Spelling & Grammar section.


In all versions, you should be able to locate the Recheck Document button.

Click it.

Word will throw up a warning, making sure you know what you’re about to do. (Basically, all your Ignore commands will be reversed and they will again appear as errors, just as they did when you began the process.)

Click Yes to confirm your decision.

There you have it. Getting Word to ignore your “Ignores” isn’t so hard after all. Who would have thought we’d ever be looking to do that?!

~ April