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Spell checking in Excel

Many people have added a custom medical spell checker to Word after reading my blog post found here, which was updated and simplified earlier today. Some people have mistakenly thought that spell checking in Office applications doesn’t work in Excel. It does, but you have to explicitly invoke it. When you invoke spell checking in Excel, it uses the standard default list of Words that come with Office as well as any custom dictionaries you may have added.

Notice in the screen capture below that the words on lines 2 and 3 are misspelled but there isn’t any indication of the misspellings.


Figure 1. Excel with misspelled words. A custom medical dictionary file has been added.

To invoke spell checking in Excel, either press the F7 key or go to the Review tab and then click Spelling.


Figure 2. Invoking spell checking in Excel.


Figure 3. Excel offering correction for misspelling.

Published Saturday, October 1, 2011 12:07 PM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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