Thankfully, Office for Mac can help you fix most spelling errors.

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A red squiggly line under the misspelled word indicates a spelling error. You can rectify such errors by right-clicking the word and then choosing the correct spelling from the resulting contextual menu.

With the same procedure, you can also get help with grammar by Control-clicking or right-clicking words with green squiggly lines in Microsoft Word. You can clear or reset the list of Ignored Words and Grammar so Word will check for spelling and grammar issues you previously told it to ignore. Any spelling or grammar issues you told Word to ignore in other documents won't be affected. Word displays a warning about the operation resetting the spelling checker and the grammar checker.

By default, Outlook checks for spelling errors as you type. Outlook uses a dashed red underline to indicate possible spelling errors and a dashed green line to indicate possible grammatical errors.

Mac Guide: Spell Check

When you see a word with a dashed underline, Control click the word or phrase and choose one of the options. To have Outlook correct spelling mistakes automatically, on the Outlook menu, click Preferences. Click box next to Check spelling as you type. To turn automatic grammar checking on or off, on the Outlook menu, click Preferences. You can correct all the spelling and grammar issues at the same time after you finish composing a message or other items.

In the list of suggestions, click the word that you want to use, or enter a new spelling in the box at the top, and then click Change.


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You can check spelling in PowerPoint, but you can't check grammar. PowerPoint automatically checks for and marks potential spelling errors with a wavy, red underline:. In the Spelling dialog box, select or clear the Check spelling as you type box. If PowerPoint finds a potential error, the Spelling pane opens and spelling errors are shown.

Microsoft Word (Mac)/Spell Checking and Grammar Checking

Click one of the suggested words in the Spelling pane, and then click Change. After you correct, ignore, or skip an error, PowerPoint moves to the next one. You can check spelling in Excel, but you can't check grammar. Does anyone have any suggestions that are easier than manually turning of spell check on machines?

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I was playing with this last week. Thanks for the responses!


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When the exams happen, they submit them electronically yay for less paper waste so disabling the network connections is tough. Doing the Terminal command does not turn off Office spell check because it is built in.


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  8. Removing the Application Proofing tools seems to work. I'll test it out and let everyone know about it!

    How to Fix It

    I tend to completely remove the dictionaries and proofing tools when it's critical to completely disable it We disable all spellcheck from the system for SAT accommodations. I even keep a configuration for it. Yes, Office for Mac has its own spell-checker and doesn't use Apple's except for Outlook. I'm not a fan, though, of altering a software installation to solve an issue unless it's absolutely the only way. While I haven't tested, it should be possible to use configuration profiles in Casper to disable spell-check.

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    A configuration profile would be a non-destuctive and very quick way of disabling spell-check. Just remove the profile to re-enable spell-check.

    How to Fix It

    Just wondering here. It's likely to be more successful that a script as you can test and distribute them without variation. Here the SAT board ensures that we permanently disable all of the systems Spell Check capacity for students with accommodations.