Spell Check Dialog Instead of Editor
In Word 2016 Microsoft changed the spelling check interface to the Editor. This has now been incorporated in the Mac versions as well.
The Editor has a clean interface and fits the new look of Office. However, as of this writing it does not allow for checking only a selected area and a number of people prefer the classic Spell Check dialog (which does allow for checking only selected text). As of July 2022 the Editor is still checking the entire document.
When the Editor was first introduced, a macro could display the classic dialog using the command:
Sometime in 2018 Word was changed so this also displays the new Editor. That was changed back later.
Currently, the following will work:
Even though it says to check grammar, it checks both spelling and grammar if you have your proofing options set to check both. Even though it says "ActiveDocument" it will check selected text.
Here is a macro that will intercept the F7 key for checking spelling and grammar.
Sub ToolsProofing() 'Intercepts F7
It is the macro name ToolsProoing that intercepts the
F7 key. A different name could be used and a different shorcut assigned.
For macro installation instructions, see:
· Instructions for Installing Macros from Forums or Websites by Graham Mayor, MVP - http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm.
· Install/Employ VBA Procedures (Macros) by Greg Maxey, MVP - http://gregmaxey.com/word_tip_pages/installing_employing_macros.html
If you still want to use the Editor, you can by right-clicking on a spelling error in the document and choosing to "See More."
I do not know if the macros will work on a Mac but they cannot hurt.
I have created a small Add-In file with the Macro if you want to install that instead. Here is a link to it.
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