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Use Classic Spell Check in Word 2016 and Later
Instead of (or in Addition to) the Editor

In Word 2016 Microsoft changed the spelling check interface to the Editor.

The Editor has a clean interface and fits the new look of Office. However, as of this writing it does not allow for checking only a selected area and a number of people prefer the classic Spell Check dialog (which does allow for checking only selected text).

When the Editor was first introduced, a macro could display the classic dialog using the command:

Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show

Sometime in 2018 Word was changed so this also displays the new Editor. That was changed back later.

Currently, the following will work:

ActiveDocument.CheckGrammar

Even though it says to check grammar, it checks both spelling and grammar if you have your proofing options set to check both. Even though it says "ActiveDocument" it will check selected text.

Here is a macro that will intercept the F7 key for checking spelling and grammar.

Sub ToolsProofing() 'Intercepts F7 keyboard shortcut
    'Charles Kenyon  26 February 2019
    If Application.Version < "16.0" Then
        Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show
    Else
        ActiveDocument.CheckGrammar
    End If
End Sub

It is the macro name ToolsProoing that intercepts the F7 key. A different name could be used and a different shorcut assigned.
For more on how to use macros to intercept regular commands/features see: Intercepting events like Save and Print

For macro installation instructions, see:

       Instructions for Installing Macros from Forums or Websites by Graham Mayor, MVP - http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm.

       Install/Employ VBA Procedures (Macros) by Greg Maxey, MVP - http://gregmaxey.com/word_tip_pages/installing_employing_macros.html

 

If you still want to use the Editor, you can by right-clicking on a spelling error in the document and choosing to "See More."

This macro is shown in the discussion on the Microsoft Answers site. Comments or questions can be posted there.

 

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