Spell Check no longer limits itself to selected (highlighted) text
A recent update changed Spell Check to something almost unrecognizable. Specifically, the ability to spell check selected parts of the document were lost. I don't know if I am missing something or not, but the practice of installing updates unexpectedly and without permission should stop.
I don't want to run the spell checker for all the document when I only need two of them checked. Please fix this.
This presents an accessibility issue for people like myself with a disability that limits dexterity. It has made editing a document a physically painful process.
Please fix this. I'm heavily invested in MS products and have my Surface Pro set up for maximum accessibility. If I can't use word for my studies, I need to find an alternative office suite that will be accessible to me.
Adding my voice to the others. The new spell check tool is terrible. At the very least bring back an option to "scan selected text" or "scan whole document".
This is ridiculous. I don't want to run the spell checker for 150 pages when I only need two of them checked. Please fix this.
Paula Hagen commented
Not being able to spell check selected text makes the reading score useless. When trying to lower a reading score, you can often just change one or two sentences to lower it, but now I can't verify which sentences are too complex. Please restore this feature. You have made the life of many editors so much harder.
William Sheleski commented
In previous versions of Word, I made good use of the capability to Spell Check a selected (highlighted) area of long documents. That capability enhances the utility of Word. I urge Microsoft to restore this capability in future updates of Word 365.
I used this feature a lot on long documents and to polish limited sections. Now I am unable to do so and it limits the usability of the software
As an editor this feature is essential to my ability to be efficient and flexible. When tweaking a large article or book, just checking the recent edits/modifications is far more efficient (therefore cost-effective) than "re" checking text that has already been proofed and accepted. Please bring back this highly useful tool!
Spell Check used to be a very useful tool. It wasn't broken.
Now we can't check selections or create exceptions.
It seems non-writers are dictating what writers want and need.
Please return Spell Check to its former glory.
1. I no longer can just spell check selected text.
2. I no longer can indicate words that should be left as is and thus not identified as errors in a second spell check.
Please correct these problems by restoring the previous procedures.
William Gabbey commented
WHY do you feel it necessary to ***** around with features that were working just fine? We need the ability to check spelling on SELECTED TEXT without going through seventy or a hundred pages of technical data on a document that takes hundred of clicks to "ignore" text that does NOT need to be checked. RETURN THE FEATURE THAT YOU STOLE FROM US! Need to check spelling on SELECTED TEXT.
April Legate commented
This is one of the most useful tools in the MS Word arsenal. When I want to check one word in a 200-page document, I don't want to wait for Word to check all of them. Give us our tools back!
Larry Price commented
Has anyone noticed that if you spell check a SINGLE word or phrase that has NO spelling errors according to Word, you see the "We're finished checking your selection. Want to check the rest of the document?" dialogue?
It does not work this way, however, if Word finds a spelling error. C'mon Microsoft, get this fixed. PLEASE. You've already cluttered Office with junk I don't want or need. (I am a work force of one and have no need to "Share" or "Comments" or "Tell me what you want to do") - At least, give us back the ability to spell check a selection. I'm at O365 ProPlus, Version 1902, btw.
JAMES ORRELL commented
crazy, I now have to copy/paste into another prog and back again.
Please restore the ability to spell-check selected text. The nature of much of my writing means that my documents are sometimes loaded with foreign words from multiple languages, but I will still need to check sections or even single words that are in English. Not clear why such a change would have been made. As another commenter said, if it ain't broke ...
The Spell Check does work only on the section (text) that I highlight. But note that I have Version 1902.
In Word, go to File - Account and you'll see the version off to the right (small print). In our department, we noticed if you have this older version, it works fine.
If you have a newer version (for example, 1908) then the Spell Check checks the entire document, not just the text you selected (highlighted).
I have the same issue
I'm an interpetive writer and I need to be able to hone selected paragraphs within a larger document, getting word counts and writing staistics along the way. THIS ABILITY NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE SPELL CHECKER. And for the love of god stop changing things just to make them different. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
For God's sake, yes.
I copy and paste words into a new document sometimes to avoid this. I don't even want that monster task pane opening, etc., just a simple "Good-to-go-dude" from good ol' F7. Well, or "um, dude, ..."
I am a writer at a communications firm. In my job, I frequently used spell check to get the readability statistics on selected sections of a document to pinpoint the problem areas. Now the only way to do this is incredibly inefficient and time consuming -- that is, cut and paste a block of text to a new Word document, spell check that 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 cannot understand why the ability to use spell check on just the selected text was removed. Please bring this back asap!