Allow use of old Spell Check dialog in Word 2016 and later
See this thread in the Microsoft Answers
Some of us prefer the old dialog to the new Edit pane.
Please bring back the old spell check. I have to scroll down the 'proofing' side bar for every spell check instance. If it was working, I would stop using it. Tried every fix, still doesn't catch any grammar and most misspellings. Spellcheck went from a useful timesaving tool to an editor I fight with, options I must wade thru just to...check spelling. Going to re-install Office 2007 and shelve 2019. Too far behind due to 1 min task taking more than 20 min.
Allow us to spell check ONLY a selected block of text.
The current system of having to view an entire document often >100 pages is HOPELESS
It's so interesting that I found this list of other people who don't like the new Editor for the same reasons as me. Simply put: include an option to lock in the old editor, that you could navigate via the keyboard. My technical documents are literally impossible to handle with the Editor the way it is. It's the first real screwup I've seen in Word in many years.
PLEASE restore the ability to spellcheck selected text only, even if only via the "Proofing" section of "Options."
The new one is utterly useless. Have to spend hours each day trying to configure it to work correctly. Never happened previously. What a frigging joke
It was so simple to do a quick spell check before this version. I have so many words in my technical documents that are not (and will never be) in your dictionary - it is a major pain to use "editor." I am a better editor for these documents than a mass-market program could ever be!
Alt-R-S - what was so hard about that???
Please bring back the old spell check! Editor is awful and time consuming. It has been a nightmare for me. Thank you for your consideration.
What's with "Editor" popping up every time I use spell check? Then I have to manually close it
before it will leave the screen. Who thought that was a good idea? Please get rid of it.
Spiros Doikas commented
It looks like every new version of Word makes the spell checker even more difficult to use. My advice, go back to Office 2010.
Some Guy, I could not agree more!!
Some Guy commented
The spell check Editor is 100% annoying and useless. In fact, ANY NEW option that cannot be turned off will be an issue. When a product remains the same for 25 years, changing a common feature will almost always affect the users in a negative way. The developers who think this is a "good" idea obviously do not use the product every day.
Their time is spent writing code in the IDE and are not affected by the changes they make. Their code remains untouched but imagine if WE the users could get inside their development environment and change how their daily workflow functions? They would be outraged by changes that impact their work and are made for no reason. I wish I could do this to them...
Fortunately for me, I downloaded an ISO copy of my original 365 installation. I was able to uninstall the recent update and install my original Office version. My updates are now turned OFF until this issue gets resolved.
I hate Editor, please give back the old spell check.
Please! Editor is awful!
I'm curious with whom you speak before you do your "updates". Obviously, no one actually using your products. Editor can go as far as I'm concerned. Not only does it make spellcheck a more tedious process, but it is forever telling me that I have finished reviewing Editor's suggestions, as if I am unable to discern that for myself. Please stop assuming that we who are forced to use your products are idiots.
Please bring the ability to use the "old" spell checker. I am a power user of keyboard strokes and avoid using the mouse whenever possible. the new version of the spell checker is hopeless. I still end up using my mouse trying to get around it - and that was even after extensive research on finding the keystroke to use (NOT using the ALT key but instead just using the key that is underline !!!! - who would have thought of that option).
I am a high school teacher with a broad range of ability in my classroom. I relied on the readability tool heavily when I began teaching as I developed my curriculum. I cannot understand the imagined advantage of removing the option of correcting a selected text. I can check a six page handout, but cannot trouble-shoot the readability issues paragraph by paragraph. What is the point of knowing my levels are too high without being able to fix it?? Please restore this function in an update. I am nervous about the Macros fix offered by others.
Charles Kenyon commented
The macro is still working.
This also allows checking selected text, something not allowed in the Editor.
Philip Timms commented
I can no longer run a grammar check and readability score on a blocked section of text. It will even try to grammar check Comments and Endnote references! This renders it pretty unuseable now. Please Microsoft, restore the ability of this function to address a block of text rather than the whole document and/or provide a way to exclude endnotes and inserted comments from the grammar and readability check.
The Editor window is not a useful improvement to Microsoft Word. Please bring back the far more useful Spellcheck dialog from earlier versions of Word. Please also reinstate the ability to SPELLCHECK SELECTED PARTS OF WORD DOCUMENTS instead of the entire document. It's impossible to measure and improve readability of large documents without being able to check only individual sentences and paragraphs. Being able to check spelling and readability of selected sections is helpful to writers and essential to editors like me! After being able to check and edit by sections for decades, removing this feature from MS Word is both puzzling and frustrating. It's such a PITA and timewaster forcing users to copy/paste sections into a second document and edit them there to improve readability, then copy/paste edited text back into the original document. Seriously, there are many comments here complaining about this unproductive change. When are you going to address this problem? Editor is killing productivity. Please bring back the simple Spellcheck dialog. Thank you.
Editor bad, old spell check good