How to Spell Check the Original or Forwarded Message in Outlook 2013

Spell checking is an important last step to take before you send an email message. Spelling mistakes can be embarrassing and, depending on the nature of the mistake, even change the actual meaning of the words that you have typed.

By default Outlook 2013 will only spell check the new message that you are typing when you are replying to a message or forwarding a message. But Outlook can also spell check the contents of the original or forwarded message as well, if you would like. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the setting in Outlook 2013 that will enable that feature.

You can do a lot of other things in Outlook that you can do in Word. For example, find out how to strikethrough in Outlook if you want to cross out some of the text in an email.

How to Include the Original or Forwarded Message When Spell Checking in Outlook 2013

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Outlook 2013. Following this guide will change a setting in the program whereby Outlook will start checking the original and forwarded messages in your emails for spelling mistakes as well.

Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom of the left column.

open the outlook options menu

Step 4: Select the Mail tab at the left side of the Outlook Options window.

click the mail tab in outlook options

Step 5: Click the box to the left of Ignore original message text in reply or forward to remove the check mark, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

how to spell check the original message in outlook 2013

Do you find that you are constantly refreshing your inbox for new messages? Learn how to change the send and receive settings in Outlook 2013 so that the program checks automatically more often so that you don’t need to keep doing it manually.