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Disable a certain grammar rule in Word 2013 RRS feed

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  • Before I start, this is NOT a developer question, it is a user question. I want to turn off a specific grammar rule in Word 2013, "Space before Punctuation". I don't want to turn off grammar checking altogether. Is there a way to tell Word to not check a certain rule? I seem to remember this option in an earlier version of Word. Thanks.
    Monday, September 21, 2015 1:16 PM

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    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 3:22 AM
  • AFAIK there is no "Space before Punctuation" rule. There is, however, a 'Punctuation' grammar check which you can turn on/off. There is also an option for the 'Spaces required between sentences'. These can both be accessed via File|Options|Proofing>When correcting spelling and grammar in Word>Writing Style>Settings

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    • Marked as answer by George123345 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:32 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by CigarDoug Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:15 AM
    • Proposed as answer by macropodMVP Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:30 PM
    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:44 AM
  • AFAIK there is no "Space before Punctuation" rule. There is, however, a 'Punctuation' grammar check which you can turn on/off. There is also an option for the 'Spaces required between sentences'. These can both be accessed via File|Options|Proofing>When correcting spelling and grammar in Word>Writing Style>Settings

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    From the Grammar pane:

    Space before Punctuation Most punctuation follows a word with no space in between.  You do need a space before an opening parenthesis or an opening bracket.  • Instead of Everybody wants more parking, better food, and flexible hours. • Consider. Everybody wants more parking, better food, and flexible hours.  • Instead of: The memo said the picnic (employees only ) has been rescheduled. • Consider. The memo said the picnic (employees only) has been rescheduled.

    Thanks for showing me the Settings option, but it isn't broken down to specific rules. If I uncheck "Punctuation" it ignores these portions, but then I don't know what else is ignored.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 1:58 PM
  • it seems no possible, see this:

    Punctuation    Incorrect punctuation, including commas, colons, end-of-sentence punctuation, punctuation in quotations, multiple spaces between words, or a semicolon used in place of a comma or colon.

    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Select-grammar-and-writing-style-options-86dd1e89-cfb5-4405-94df-48c284af9dbd

    KR

    • Proposed as answer by George123345 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:32 AM
    • Marked as answer by George123345 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:32 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by CigarDoug Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:15 AM
    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:33 AM
  • This does NOT answer my question, or solve my problem. Thus I unmarked it as the answer. My specific question was how to turn off a single rule. In earlier versions of Word, while you were running grammar check, you had a checkbox to disable that specific rule for the current document or all documents, IIRC. One more example of Microsoft coming up with a useful functionality and then taking it away in a later version.
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:17 AM
  • There is not and never has been an option to check/uncheck a grammar rule for "Space before Punctuation". I have told you what gives the nearest possible match to that.

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    • Proposed as answer by macropodMVP Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:30 PM
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 1:34 PM
  • I would also like to have an option to disable this rule. Why not have a checkbox for each of all the available rules?

    [o o]

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:02 AM
  • If you don't like the way something works, you could make a suggestion for a change at http://word.uservoice.com/.
    Do be aware, though, that MS is unlikely to change the behaviour for any existing Word version.

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    Sunday, August 14, 2016 5:36 PM
  • Word 2010 would like a word with you...

    Ignore Rule is clearly an option.

    Ignore Rule is clearly an option that was either removed or hidden in newer versions of office.

    I know this is an old thread, but I was looking for the answer to "Ignore grammar rule word 2016" and this is the 2nd google result.  It is also false, unhelpful, and just a terrible answer in general.

    Friday, April 12, 2019 5:04 PM