Word 2010 is a powerful word-processing program not only because of the different ways that you can customize a document, but also because of the utilities that you can use to check the contents of that document. You might be aware of the spell check feature, which has become a common part of most data-entry programs, but you might not be aware that Word can also check the grammar of the text in your documents. This can be a particularly helpful tool if you are prone to making common grammatical mistakes, or if you are submitting the document to a client or teacher who may be grading the quality of your work. Continue reading to learn how to do a grammar check in Word 2010.
Run the Spelling & Grammar Tool in Word 2010
One of the best parts of the spelling and grammar checker in Word 2010 is the level to which it can be customized. While the tool itself is run directly within the Word 2010 interface, you actually need to open the Word Options menu from the File tab to configure the grammar settings. After we show you how to perform a grammar check in Word 2010, we will then show you where to go to configure the grammar options as well.
Step 1: Open the document on which you wish to run the grammar check.
Step 2: Click the Review tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Spelling & Grammar button in the Proofing section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the button that corresponds with the change that you want to make to the identified mistake. You can also elect to ignore the mistake, if you so choose.
Note the Options button at the bottom of the window. If Word finds a mistake in your document, then you can click this button to set the options for the utility. Otherwise, you will need to follow the directions below to configure the grammar checker.
Changing the Grammar Checker Settings in Word 2010
Step 1: Click the File tab at the top of the window.
Step 2: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window.
Step 3: Click Proofing in the column at the left side of the Word Options window.
Step 4: Locate the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section.
Step 5: Click the Settings button to the right of Writing Style, then check the items for which you want the grammar utility to check.
Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the Grammar Settings window, then click the OK button at the bottom of the Word Options window.