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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.

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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.

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Figure 2. Invoking spell checking in Excel.

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Figure 3. Excel offering correction for misspelling.

Published Saturday, October 01, 2011 12:07 PM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in Microsoft 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 who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at safety net clinics. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Opinions expressed in John's blog are strictly his own and do not represent Microsoft in any way.

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