Microsoft Word 2013 has a number of proofreading tools that you can use when creating and editing documents. Some of them, like the passive voice checker, require you to execute them manually while others, like the automatic spell checker, happen by default.
However, you might find that you need to turn off the spell check in Word 2013 if is disrupting your work, or if you need to remove the red underlining that is displayed when an incorrectly-spelled word is entered into your document. Our guide below will show you how to stop the automatic spell check in Word 2013 so that any spell checking that occurs is due to a manual check that you initiate.
How to Disable the Automatic Spell Check in Word 2013
The steps below are going to turn off the setting in Word 2013 where the program will automatically check your spelling as you type. This means the red underlining that occurs as you are typing in your document and enter a misspelled word. There is also a separate setting for the automatic grammar checker, which we will also identify in these steps.
Step 1: Open Word 2013, then click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 2: Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
Step 3: Click the Proofing tab in the left column of the Word Options window.
Step 4: Scroll down to the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section of the menu, then click the box to the left of Check spelling as you type to remove the check mark. Note that you can also remove the check mark from the Mark grammar errors as you type option if you would like to stop that as well.
Step 5: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save and apply your changes.
The spell check is useful when you have a word that the program can identify as a misspelling, but it can be an issue if you have entered the wrong word, but spelled it properly. One way to aid with this is the find and replace tool in Word 2013. That allows you to search for specific words and replace them with different ones.