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.
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
BEGGING you to bring back the old pop-up spell check. At least make it an option! The spell check in a pane is such a hassle, having to go back and forth between it and the document, not being able to spell check just a section, and no longer able to "change all" is a major hassle.
David Nesaraj commented
Pane editor for spell check while typing is one of the most disgusting feature of Word 265. Make way to switch off and uninstall completely.
Anyways who needs it?
Agreed. We need to get back to a simple way to spell-check of a selected block of text.
I am working on a 300 page document. The new document spelling check is unusable. Please, how do we go back to the old spelling check which enable users to immediately check a single word and either correct it or get Word to accept it as correct.
Karen Prieto commented
Please STOP breaking things just so you can sell a new version. You are killing productivity. This editor pane is inefficient, and apparently doesn't actually detect misspelled words (consistently).
Aaron Swetland commented
This is terrible. I'm a totally blind user who works as a writer. This editor is partially inaccessible and almost completely impractical for my job. I just shelled out another hundred bucks for what is gradually becoming a non-service with every round of updates. I can't keep doing this...
Please can either Microsoft add a switch to allow us to go back to the old checker or someone document in simple steps how to access it. I had figured this out but the new (horrible, un-ergonomic) one has re-appeared. Maybe I am missing a setting or something but where can I just click 'change all' ???
Stop making stupid unnecessary changes to Word! The Backstage function was bad enough but at least you can turn it off. The Editor pane is useless. The far superior spell checker dialog box immediately began, you know, spell checking (a good thing), the stupid Editor pane slows down the process by adding useless bells and whistles. I prefer PC MS word over Apple because PC word has far superior keyboard short cuts. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Microsoft "improves" Word by eliminating keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft, do yourself a favor and whatever money you spend on "improving" Word, take it out back and set it on fire.
This discussion contains a macro that brings up the old-style spell check dialogue and still works in Office 365 (as of November 2019):
I just got switched from a Mac to PC at work and was shocked to find that in this version of Word I cannot spell check -- and more importantly get readability statistics for -- a selected block of text. This is infuriating. It is incredibly inefficient and time consuming to have to cut and paste a block of text to a new Word document, spell check the entire document to get the readability stat, then delete the text so I can cut and paste another block to get the readability stat for a different section. I'm just assuming that the Microsoft team that came up with this "improved" spell check did not include any editors or writers. Please bring back the old functionality!
Charles Kenyon commented
The macro is still working in version 1908.
September 18, 2019.
version 1909-1911 worjing - December 26, 2019
your mother commented
I bet you people at Microsoft have mothers. Think of your mother, being forced to change to windows 10 & all the stupid changes you've put into it.
I don't have any kids to help me with this - have to pay an expensive tech.
Shame on you.
Everything has changed FOR NO GOOD REASON! except it pays for your bloated salary.
Well, here's one "mother" rolling over in her early grave.
Roberta Metalious commented
I think we should start a campaign to inundate Bill Gates with tweets!
Typical MS Word. They seem to go out of their way to make things difficult. (I won't go into how difficult it is to use the Word Outline feature, let alone the absence of reveal codes; and no, the Word formatting marks are not the same as reveal codes.)
There was ZERO reason to have swapped out the old spell check which is far superior to the spell check now in Word 2016. And even though so many have complained, they do nothing about it. WHY NOT IMMEDIATELY restore the old spell check as an easy to use option.
But that is what monopoly power will do. Microsoft's overly dominant position in word processing allows them to do what they want and IGNORE customer concerns.
I still often use WordPerfect where possible. Only reason to use Word is because so many others use it, and one has to exchange documents during negotiation and document drafting situations.
Anyway, that is my opinion. Don't know how others feel generally about MS and MS Word, but certainly, from reading this forum and others, a lot of people are quite unhappy with the new spell check feature. SO, MS, CHANGE IT BACK ALREADY!
It would be great for Microsoft to explain WHY A/. they won't give us the choice of which spell-checker B/. why they think anyone would prefer the new one.
Surely most Microsoft staff must also prefer the old version?
Jerry Payne commented
Just want to add my two cents here which pretty much mirrors everybody's comments. I need to be able to spell check a sentence or paragraph or even a single word at a time. I don't know who designed the new system but I'm guessing it's not anybody who writes or edits for a living.
Yes, as an editor, I absolutely need to be able to spell check a selected block of text. This is my number 1 priority for a fix.
Furthermore, "Recheck document" seems to be nonfunctional. The spelling checker always rechecks the entire document.
Finally, the AI behind much of the grammar and other checking is quite faulty. It really wastes my time to go through all the incorrect results.
Brian Davis commented
The ability to spell check only sections is vital to my work flow. The fix of copying/pasting to a separate Word Document so the spell/grammar check only looks at that section, and not my whole document, is a clunky band-aid at best.
I would also like an option to just get the Readability information without having to go through each individual edit/correction before getting to see the stats.