How to Temporarily Disable Spell Check in Word

Word 2007 Proofing Exceptions

Sometimes you’re working on a Word document and you want to disable spell check for just that one particular document. Just follow the instructions for your version of Microsoft Word:

Word 2010

  1. Click the “File” button
  2. Click “Options” on the left
  3. Click “Proofing”
  4. Check “Hide spelling errors in this document only” and/or “Hide grammar errors in this document only”
  5. Click OK

Word 2007

  1. Click the Office orb button in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen
  2. Click “Word Options” at the bottom of the menu
  3. Click “Proofing”
  4. Check “Hide spelling errors in this document only” and/or “Hide grammar errors in this document only”
  5. Click OK

Word 2003

  1. Click the “Tools” menu
  2. Click “Options”
  3. Click the “Spelling & Grammar” tab
  4. Check “Hide spelling errors in this document” and/or “Hide grammatical errors in this document”
  5. Click OK
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  1. Hello John:

    I have been looking everywhere inside Word 2010 trying to figure out how to do this for quite a while actually. It has been a big nuisance especially when I have HTML that I am working with and spellchecker is enabled. Sometimes, it can also change the first letter of a word if it is at the beginning of a sentence and will do this with my HTML and then the HTML will not render correctly when I pasted in a page and for a while I did not figure it out… You have saved me some time fixing errors and your webpage explained it so well that I had it done in 30 seconds. I have bookmarked it and also sent it to a few members in my family that are Word 2010 challenged as well!

    Thank you for the help!

    Best Regards,

    Derek Bowman

  2. Dan

    This is incredibly helpful for editing technical documentation with many “non-words”. Thanks!

  3. Thanks John.

    FYI this also works in Word 2011 for Mac. To get there you select the ‘Word’ menu, then ‘Preferences’, ‘Spelling and Grammar’.

    You can get to Word->Preferences by using the Command-comma key combination as well.



  4. Ned

    Thank you for the excellent help in turning off spelling for a specific document.

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever found an answer on the Internet so quickly. I just printed some address labels and Word printed the squiggles (for misspelled words) under most of the last names! Aargh. Good, clear instructions. Thanks.

  6. Ken T

    A quick, concise answer that helped me. Thank you!

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