Learn About Spelling


Applies to: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses, Office 365 for enterprises, Microsoft Exchange, Live@edu

Topic last modified: 2011-11-23

You can check the spelling in your messages and meeting requests before you send them.

This information applies to the standard version of Outlook Web App. The feature that's described isn't available in the Outlook Web App Light.
How do I check the spelling in a message?

  1. After you compose a message or while you're composing a message, click in the body of the message.

  2. On the toolbar, click Check Spelling check spelling or press F7. The spelling checker will underline in red each word it doesn't recognise.

  3. Right-click an underlined word for a list of suggested corrections. Click a suggestion to substitute it for the misspelled word.

What else do I need to know?

  • To automatically check the spelling of messages when you send them, click Options > See All Options > Settings > Spelling and select Always check spelling before sending.

  • You can select the dictionary language for a message by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Check Spelling check spelling button and then selecting a language from the Check spelling in this language list. You can also set the default dictionary language by clicking Options > Settings > Spelling and then selecting the default dictionary.

  • You can’t add words to the Outlook Web App spell check dictionary.

  • Some Web browsers have a built-in spelling checker. If you don't see the Spelling tab, use your Web browser's spelling checker.

  • For information about how to use keyboard shortcuts to check spelling, see "Checking Spelling" in Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • The spelling checker doesn't check the subject line of your message.

What if I want to know more?

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