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.
[Deleted User] commented
The new version is so clunky and unhelpful, please bring back the old style - or at least an option to work with either!
Donald Gunn commented
Couldn't agree more. Being able to check only selected text and having the "ignore once" option on only one click are no-brainers. LISTEN AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
K. Howe commented
The new spellchecker is a disaster. I used to check selected text many times every day, and I have no interest in a count of spelling "mistakes" that WORD thinks it's found.
Roberta Metalious commented
Tweet @OfficeInsider and voice your complaints!!
I've discovered a macro that works.
'Charles Kenyon 26 February 2019
This is working as of today in Version 1901.
One more voice requesting a move back to the former spell check. The inability to check a selection is maddening, as is the extraordinary amount of time it takes to check a document. When editing a long document, I've resorted to blocking and copying new text, opening a new document, pasting the text there, and spell checking that shorter excerpt. What a pain. C'mon, Microsoft. Admit you've blown it with this change and give your customers what we want (not that anyone from Microsoft actually a) reads comments online and b) acts on them).
Here is another thread showing problems from the new Editor interface!
Please, please, please, at least return the option to trigger it via vba.
Still not able to access it using the macro with Version 1901. This can't be that difficult!
Tom Cleff commented
Just put the application back to the way it was. There was no reason to remove something that actually helped and worked throughout the many uses it applied itself to. This is a no brainer. Put it back !!!!!
Please, please bring back the spell check option for selected text only. This update makes zero sense.
Roberta Metalious commented
Isn't it amazing how Microsoft has not responded to any of this!!!! I'm pretty sure I'll be discontinuing my Office 365 subscription.
Kristi Hein commented
I just purchased Office 2019 on my new PC. I've been alerted by my editing colleagues that I may be facing this new nightmare. A few years ago, someone at Microsoft asked a leading editor to gather colleagues' suggestions for improvements to Word. The suggestions came flooding in, and she passed them along. Instead of responding to actual user requests, you do something like this. I am dreading what I'll find in Word 2019. Fortunately, I still have good ol' Word 2007 on my old system . . . if it comes to that.
Kim Thompson commented
Please, please return to the old spellcheck. I type for a living, and get paid by the word. This new "editor" is horrible, and slows the process down substantially. Not impressed.
Please, bring back the old spell check! It was quick and easy. I'm a professional editor, and your "editor" costs me time and money because it gets in the way of my work.
I've just been saddled with the Editor function, and it is awful. I'm a professional editor, and all I need is to quickly run spell check at the end of a job to check for anything basic I might have missed. What I don't need is to sit in front of my screen for ten minutes while Editor scans my document, before giving up in frustration. Please please please restore the old spell check!
This version slows me down! I am a professional translator and Word is absolutely necessary for my work. The new spellchecker hampers my work.
1. I do not need the spellchecker to check the whole document when I press F7. I want it to start checking at the cursor position. When the spellchecker runs, it should place the cursor on a word with an error. I shouldn't have to use more clicks just to edit the mistake
2. I use up to four custom dictionaries when spellchecking a document: (a) Custom.dic, for words that are correct in any of my languages; (b) English.dic or Spanish.dic, for words that are correct in one of those languages but not the other, (c) a regional dictionaries, for words that are correct in Mexico but not in Colombia or Venezuela, for example, and (d) Local.dic, for terms that may be needed on a current project but which I do not want to add to any of the other dictionaries.
There's more, but these are enough to send this feedback.
Phil Daniels commented
I like the Editor pane's overall design, but, but, but... it should not be less functional than the dialogue window it has replaced... which it clearly is, nor should it be any less efficient which it clearly is.
I want to do spell check and a grammar check independently of one another.
And make small corrections in the Editor pane.
And have ignore once in right click menu on a misspelt (red underlined) word.
You change the icons on the ribbon that people do not want and now the spellchecker. Bring back the old version....why do you people keep making changes to something that works better without the changes that you have made!!!! What is the point of you asking us how to improve Word when you don't listen and do nothing to fix your stuff ups!
If Microsoft is not going to fix this, please let us know. We have all the old copies of 2010, 2013 and 2016 Office. we can dump Office 365 at our office and move backwords to old Word. What we lose in the 365 features we more than gain in time gained by getting rid of the spellchecker fiasco that Microsoft has created here.