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.
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.
Zoophytes is spot on! New editor is a massive time suck.
Bring back old spell check
This new one is designed by people who do not write for a living.
BRING BACK "Alt" "T" "S"; "Alt" "I"; "Alt" "C" to the spell checker. Spell checker in 2010 - 2013 was better!
This new editor is just awful. Microsoft should be ashamed
App Dev commented
Anyone have any ideas how to get the old dialog back or a work around to be able to call it from a Microsoft VB6 form?
We have a VB6 application that uses it, but the call to Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show no longer works with Word Version 1812
Linda Ingmanson commented
Just adding my vote to returning to the old spell check. The new one is clunky and laborious. If I have to back out of the document to go look up a spelling on Google (such as a celebrity name), I have to start the **** spell check all over again. I have a fast laptop, and it can still take minutes to finish. Why did they make this dumb change?
Adding to what @Zoophytes commented.
Upon opening, the editor pane allows shortcuts. However, if there's an egregious spelling change that requires you to click into the body of the document, the keyboard shortcuts no longer function, even after clicking back into the editor pane. You then have to use your mouse to manually click each option. (Very bad.)
I do a massive amount of document editing, and the editor pane dramatically slows that process.
Justice for spell check!
Adding my voice to those asking that the old panel be restored The new spellchecker is clearly not designed by someone who regularly uses a word processor. Disappointing!
Please bring back the old spell checker which was fast and efficient. The new Editor is hugely inefficient and does not respond to keyboard shortcuts. Productivity has massively fallen as a result of this change. Sorry but I am tempted to find another word processor.
Owen Smith commented
Also disappointed re the loss of the old dialogue box - the spell checker pane is clunky and not keyboard friendly. Please bring it back!
Margaret Sheehan commented
PLEASE bring back the old Spell Checker. The new "Editor" is a nightmare to use and a giant time-suck. Also, I am begging you to return to us the ability to disable the Grammar Checking. It is an extremely painful waste of time.
Are you deliberately trying to **** off customers? New Editor makes completing documents much slower and time intensive. Its as if you get paid extra everytime we have to touch a mouse to do something we used to be able to do on the keyboard. There is NO way that you ran this function by any real customers or focus group before you implemented it! Another step backwards for Microstupid. Well played.
The Editor is awful and extremely slow. I do not need it to check all my grammar without asking. Bring back the classic spell check that was quick and efficient. It wasn't broken, don't try to fix it.
WOW- YOUR NEW EDITOR PANEL - THE SPELL CHECK REPLACEMENT- REALLY SUCKS. WHAT A WASTE OF SPACE AND A STEP BACKWARD IN USABILITY.
ARE ****** OFF USERS YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE OR JUST A HAPPY BYPRODUCT OF YOUR INCOMPETENT PROGRAMMING?