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  • Spellcheckers for the BlackBerrys for example are a lot more intelligent than the ones found in the Office suite. Is there not an add-in or something?
    Monday, March 30, 2015 10:19 PM

Answers

  • Hi Stefan

    I'm not sure what it's called and what it's supposed to do then but when I'm messaging or texting on my BlackBerry, the auto-correct function that is used seems quite intuitive - a lot more so than Word. Since I'm not that adept at hovering over the word that is misspelled and doesn't get auto corrected, I'm not all that familiar with the options list that shows up (that one would just naturally uses in most other programs) and I usually just go back and correct it. 

          

    In Word 2013, you can right-click a misspelled word and choose a replacement (the suggested replacements come from the spellchecker or from your custom dictionary). As I wrote previously, getting suggestions isn't as flexible in Word as it is in a cell phone (which also means, of course, that there is a smaller chance that you accept a bad suggestion by mistake).

    What you can do is manually create an AutoCorrect entry for a specific incorrectly spelled word.


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP


    Monday, April 6, 2015 6:42 PM

All replies

  • Could you expand on what isn't working for you with the spellchecker?


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 8:08 AM
  • (Contextual) Auto-correct is limited compared to what the phones seem to have. If I spent a lot of time correcting words, I would build up a good library of words that would be auto-corrected. Seems someone should have done this by now. And of course when auto-correct knows and corrects for missing hyphens in youre and well when well is supposed to be we'll in context to the sentence it's in. 
    • Proposed as answer by Stefan BlomMVP Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:27 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Stefan BlomMVP Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:27 PM
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:30 PM
  • Those are apostrophes, not hyphens.

    This is a function of the grammar checker which is related to the spelling checker but is not the same tool. Check which rules you are using for your grammar checker in Word.

    Word picks up youre as a spelling problem, as does this forum. It does not presume to know whether you mean you're or your, though. If you use your when you should have you're, though, my grammar check will pick that up.

    Could you give an example where the computer should know from context that you want "we'll" rather than "well?" I especially would be interested in one that your Blackberry picks up.

    I've seen what contextual auto-correction does on my smart phone, and it is scary, not in a good way. I consider it dangerous. AutoCorrect errors have been the subject of many a humorous post on Facebook.

    Word has an AC option to insert suggestions from the spelling dictionary. I keep that turned off! I make enough mistakes on my own without help.


    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI


    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:18 PM
  • (Contextual) Auto-correct is limited compared to what the phones seem to have. If I spent a lot of time correcting words, I would build up a good library of words that would be auto-corrected. Seems someone should have done this by now.

         

    Word's AutoCorrect isn't supposed to be the same as the word suggestions you see in a cell phone. In Word, AutoCorrect means that each AutoCorrect entry inserts specific content.


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:35 PM
  • My mistake. Apostrophes. 

    I'm sorry to hear that the technology scares you. I haven't had any issues with it, and yes, we've all seen the amusing problems some people have had. 

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:40 PM
  • Note that you can submit suggestions for new features in the form at https://support2.microsoft.com/common/survey.aspx?scid=sw;en-us;2222&altStyle=MFE&renderOption=OverrideDefault&showpage=1&fr=1&nofrbrand=1.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:46 PM
  • Hi Stefan

    I'm not sure what it's called and what it's supposed to do then but when I'm messaging or texting on my BlackBerry, the auto-correct function that is used seems quite intuitive - a lot more so than Word. Since I'm not that adept at hovering over the word that is misspelled and doesn't get auto corrected, I'm not all that familiar with the options list that shows up (that one would just naturally uses in most other programs) and I usually just go back and correct it. 

    Regards

    Dave

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:47 PM
  • Hi Stefan

    I'm not sure what it's called and what it's supposed to do then but when I'm messaging or texting on my BlackBerry, the auto-correct function that is used seems quite intuitive - a lot more so than Word. Since I'm not that adept at hovering over the word that is misspelled and doesn't get auto corrected, I'm not all that familiar with the options list that shows up (that one would just naturally uses in most other programs) and I usually just go back and correct it. 

          

    In Word 2013, you can right-click a misspelled word and choose a replacement (the suggested replacements come from the spellchecker or from your custom dictionary). As I wrote previously, getting suggestions isn't as flexible in Word as it is in a cell phone (which also means, of course, that there is a smaller chance that you accept a bad suggestion by mistake).

    What you can do is manually create an AutoCorrect entry for a specific incorrectly spelled word.


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP


    Monday, April 6, 2015 6:42 PM