Microsoft Word comes with a powerful spelling and grammar checking module. World’s most popular word processing software, MS Word, can check your text for correctness and allows you to make amends. If there is a spelling mistake, the word gets underlined with a red color wavy / squiggly / zig-zag line indicating the error. For grammatical errors a wavy green line appears under the word or phrases.
So, all in all, these red-green wavy underlines indicate spelling and grammar mistakes.
This feature is very helpful and millions of users have become used to with it. Or may be I should say that they have become dependent on this feature for writing correct language!
At times, we find ourselves in a need of getting rid of all those red and green wavy underlines. This can happen, for example, when you are working with a non-English, let’s say Hindi, document and while using English language spelling checker. Such a document will get flooded with error indicating underlines because of mismatch between document language and the spell checker language.
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You can always take a right click on a word (or a phrase) and select “Ignore” or “Ignore All” from popup menu to do away with the underline.
But if such errors are too many and you need to hide those irritating underlines in one go —then you can use the following method:
- Open the document
- Go to File > Options
- A box will appear. Select “Proofing” from the options given
- In the “Exceptions for” section, select the document in which you don’t want to see spell mistakes
- Check either or both of the following check boxes as per your need:
- Hide spelling errors in this document only
- Hide grammar errors in this document only
- Click OK
- Open the document
- Go to Tools > Options > Spelling & Grammar
- Select “Proofing“
- Check the boxes for “Hide spelling errors in this document” and/or “Hide grammar errors in this document“
This method is useful because it hides spelling / grammar errors only in a particular document. It does not completely switch off the spell checker. Spell checker will duly show errors in all other existing and new documents that you’ll create.
I am hoping that in future versions of MS-Office, Microsoft will provide a single click option to do away with all the spelling and grammar error indications.
I hope this was useful for you. Please do let me know if you have another question.