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Tech Tip #18: No Excuse for Spelling Errors

Posted by on December 21, 2010

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: What are those red and green squiggly lines and will they show up when I print my Word doc?

A: When you see a red squiggly line in a Word doc–or lots of other docs too, even online–it indicates a possible spelling error. I’ve found that most times, it’s true. You did spell the word wrong and need to fix it. If it’s a common word, the word processor will offer a list of suggestions if you right click on the word. Click on the correct spelling and it will replace your misspelled word. If you’re too far off, you won’t see your word. Try to sound it out or make some educated guesses for changes in spelling and try again. If you’re sure you’ve spelled the word correctly, Office offers a choice to add it to your dictionary. Do that so it doesn’t come up as an error in the future.

Green squiggle lines show up only in MS Office and indicate a grammar error. I’ve found as often as not, Office is wrong about these, so use your best judgment. Right click on word that’s underlined and decide if you like the suggestion. If you don’t, ignore it.

BTW, neither shows up on the printed doc. They are for online only.

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