Spellchecking an Entire Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 7, 2013)

As you are typing in a document, Docs automatically checks the spelling of what you type. If it thinks something is a misspelling, it underlines the presumed error in red. Normally, you'd notice these marked words, right-click on them, and select the correct spelling from those offered by Docs.

However, there might be times when you need to check the spelling of an entire document at once. This is particularly true if you've imported a file into Docs from a different program. To spellcheck your entire document at once, click the Tools option at the top of the screen and then click Spelling. If there are any misspellings found in the document, Docs starts displaying them (along with possible corrections) at the right side of the screen. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Correcting spelling.

For each potential spelling error displayed, you can click either Change or Ignore. (Truth be told, you could also click the down-arrow next to Ignore and choose to add the word to your custom dictionary.) As you click one of the options, Docs makes the adjustment (such as correcting the word) and then moves on to the next potential error. When completed, Docs shows a "No Spelling Suggestions" message.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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