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.