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  • Is there a way to replace a misspelled word with one of your own or to increase the number of suggestions in the replacement word box?

    I am using the example of 'amy' when misspelling 'any' when I do a spell check any is not a suggested word. Also if I mistype 'the' as thre 'the' is again not suggested during a spell check.  I know you can do replace as you type but I have an exam question which includes doing a full spell check of a document where 'amy' is a case example.

    Please help.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:38 PM

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  • I know of no way to do this. I do not believe there is any way to do it.

    Mastering the Spelling Checker


    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:14 AM
  • For a different approach, see http://wordfaqs.mvps.org/ExcludeWordFromDic.htm.


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:47 AM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for the reply but that doesn't really answer the question.

    If I type amy in as text like in this text box it shows as misspelled.  If the word I want to use was actually 'any' when I do the spell check 'any' is not a replacement option (you get things like Amy and army etc.). I do not want to use the replace as type option as the point of my exercise is to use the spell checker to find and replace the words.  I seem to remember in previous versions of word there was an option to replace with your own word when the spell checker flagged up a mistake.

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:10 AM
  • My memory may not be as good as it used to be. However, the ability to add words to the suggestion list has never been present in any version of Word that I have worked with (Word 3 (1992) to Word 2013).

    There has always been the option to replace with a suggested word but you do not get to pick what is or is not suggested. The suggestions may include words that you add to a custom dictionary but "any" would already be in the standard dictionary. I believe the suggestions are based on some undisclosed proprietary algorithm.


    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI


    Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:01 PM
  • I seem to remember in previous versions of word there was an option to replace with your own word when the spell checker flagged up a mistake.


            
    OK, if you are looking for a way to display the Spelling and Grammar dialog box from versions older than Word 2013, you can do so by running the following macro:

    Sub ShowOldSpellGrammarDialog()
    'Run this to perform manual spellcheck
    Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show
    End Sub

    Store the macro in your Normal template and attach it to a button on the Quick Access Toolbar and/or to a keyboard shortcut. Run the macro to start a spellcheck. For assistance, see http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm.


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:33 PM
  • How is this different than pressing F7? (I just tried it in Word 2010.)

    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:31 PM
  • How is this different than pressing F7? (I just tried it in Word 2010.)

    Charles Kenyon Madison, WI


    In Word 2013 there is a difference, because that version no longer uses the traditional Spelling and Grammar dialog box, but a Spelling pane instead. The Spelling pane offers fewer options than the dialog box.


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:50 PM