How to Turn On Automatic Spell Check in Word 2013

In this digital age many people have come to rely on applications and devices to perform certain actions, such as fixing words that aren’t spelled correctly. Therefore you might need to learn how to turn on automatic spell check in Word 2013 if the application isn’t doing it already.

Word 2013 has a number of different tools that can check your document for mistakes. A popular one to enable is the passive voice checker, but perhaps the most commonly used proofreading tool is the spell checker.

You have probably found that you can manually run a spell check by clicking the Review tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Spelling & Grammar button, but there is another setting that will enable Word to fix misspellings automatically as you type.

Our tutorial below will show you where this automatic spell checker is located so that you can take advantage of this handy feature.

How to Turn on Automatic Spell Check in Word 2013

  1. Open Word.
  2. Click File.
  3. Choose Options.
  4. Select Proofing.
  5. Enable Check spelling as you type.
  6. Click OK.

Our article continues below with additional information on turning on spellcheck in Word 2013, including pictures for these steps.

We also discuss some additional things you can do if this automatic spell check setting isn’t helping.

How to Enable Spellcheck in Word 2013

The steps in this guide will adjust the settings in Word 2013 so that the program automatically fixes misspellings as you type. Note that it may not fix every misspelling, as certain misspellings can be a little ambiguous. It is still a good idea to run the manual spell checker when you are done to help with any of the words that the tool misses.

Step 1: Open the document in Word 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom of the left column.

open word options menu

Step 4: Click the Proofing tab at the left side of the Word Options window.

click the proofing tab

Step 5: Check the box to the left of Check spelling as you type.

You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to close and apply your changes.

turn on the automatic spell checker in word 2013

If Word 2013 still won’t automatically fix your spelling mistakes, then there is another setting that you should check.

Click the Review tab at the top of the window.

click the review tab

Click the Language button in the Language section of the ribbon, then click the Set Proofing Language option.

set proofing language

Confirm that the box to the left of Do not check spelling and grammar is unchecked. It should look like the image below. You can then click the OK button on this Language window.

uncheck the box that blocks spell checking

If Word keeps bypassing a misspelled word, then read this article – – to learn how you can remove an entry from the dictionary and have Word identify it as a mistake.

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