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.
Mark Doody commented
Must agree with commenters below. I'm now (since 1/1/2019) being forced to use the hated Editor Pane because wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar references the pane rather than the dialog, or in other words MS have sneakily sabotaged or destroyed dialog spellcheck.
Please bring back the dialog spellcheck. Alternatively give us an Editor Pane that functions with keyboard commands (Alt-I, Alt-G and Alt-C, proper undo) as well as mouse clicks. But preferably bring back the dialog
+1 this new spellchecker is just terrible, please add an option to go back
Leanne Bisignano commented
Shame Microsoft. Why anyone would think the new style editor is better than the old style spell check is beyond me. I've been a typist for nearly 50 years and this has to be the worst, most disadvantageous change made in word processing ever. Please listen to us and at the very least give us the option to revert to the old style spell check!!
Charles Kenyon commented
Here is yet another forum post complaining about the Editor and inability to use the classic spell-check dialog.
Please give me back the old spell check for Word 2016. I despise the new Editor. I am a verbatim transcriptionist and grammar is never going to be correct. The editor is taking up way too much of my time and is not needed. Why oh why did you ***** up what was working beautifully? Please fix ASAP.
Oh where, oh where, can my old spell check be?
Roberta Metalious commented
Is anyone at Microsoft listening?!?!?!? Is all this just an exercise in futility!?!?!?!? At least have the guts to tell us nothing is going to be done about this so we can seek out other options!!!
The latest spell checker has eliminated three tools that greatly slow down my work. First is the ability to correct all the instances of a misspelled word in the document. Now, I have to correct each individually.
Second: Maybe I haven't found the instructions, but I cannot select a paragraph or two to spell check. No matter what I select, I get a repeat check of the entire document.
The third and biggest time consumer is the need to use the mouse all the time. The old system allowed quick clicks of keys or combinations of keys to select the next step and pick the correct spelling from a list.
The old system still works fine in Outlook and PowerPoint. Please, please, give us a way to use the old dialog in Word.
Agreeing with Charles Kenyon, the functionality of Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar) should not have been reassigned to the Editor pane (which isn't even a dialog). And if the code of the old spelling checker has been removed from Word's program code, PUT IT BACK.
Jay Freedman, Word MVP
Charles Kenyon commented
As of December 21 - Release 1811 - the macro does not work
This is very frustrating!
At a minimum, the Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show command should allow use of the old one. An option in Proofing Options would be even better! This should not be that hard!
The macro definitely is not working and simply pulls up the editor pane which, as everyone has noted, is a pain. And as of 12/21/18 excruciatingly SLOW, SLOW, SLOW. For those of us who type for a living, slow is unacceptable, and the editor pane was already slowing us down. Please, I'm begging for a Christmas miracle here, provide an easy way to revert to the old spell check dialog box. Or at least tell me how to find it myself so I can write my own macro.
Christopher Rath commented
Add my voice to those asking that the old panel be restored.
Editor does not allow correction of errors other than those in its predefined list. Even Word 2.0 for DOS allowed direct entry of corrections. It is an ENORMOUS time waster which causes me to spend some time each day looking for an after-market substitute. Moreover, the top menu in editor does not have keyboard shortcuts, which are much quicker than mouse clicks.
spell checker isn't working in Office 365. Yes it's turned on etc etc. spelling Nancy as nAncy will correct back to Nancy but won't correct the spelling for demolision. Yes it does it here but not in my software, Going to revert back to Word 2010 - at least that one works.
Alex Williams commented
The present editor pane needs an option that turns off grammar check, at the bare minimum. The new grammar check is good but very slow, and for many users will not be necessary. Running a spell check should not take 30s plus for longer documents.
Microsoft have unfortunately made a core feature of the programme significantly worse by applying machine learning in an inappropriate way. Give users the option to turn off the more complex and system intensive grammar check. Removing options from users is not improving user experience.
Surely someone senior in Microsoft must hate it as much as I do. Please just give those of us who don't do macros the choice. I can't even imagine why it was changed.
Lots to complain about with the Editor pane, but the main things are - the lack of an Undo feature (a complete deal-breaker - renders the tool far far less useful) and the difficulty/inconsistency with which one can get focus on the pane in order to use keyboard shortcuts.
FWIW I can't get the old dialog through VBA on Release 1810.
Edward Mendelson commented
Roberta Metalious commented
Bring back the old spell check. The editor pane is a pain!!
Kane Gilmour commented
The macro is *not* working on all versions or across both Office Personal versus Office ProPlus. And a Macro shouldn't be needed in the first place. Restore the older spell check. It worked and well. The new editor is slow as molasses. The Thread Charles posted illustrates that despite Stafan Blom's attempts to help, it's not working for all users.