Shortcut keys for spell checker in Word

In the latest versions of Word functions and settings are displayed in a pane on the right instead of in a dialog.

When running the spell checker and other functions the shortcuts in the pane aren’t accessible, and you have to use the mouse to select buttons.

This short guide helps you get control of the Spelling dialog when pressing F7 to run the spell checker.

  1. Select and copy this macro code:
    Sub SpellCheck()
        On Error GoTo errhdl
        Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Execute
        Exit Sub
    errhdl:
        If Err.Number <> 4198 Then
            MsgBox "Error " & Err.Number & vbCr & Err.Description
        End If
    End Sub
  2. Start Word with an empty document, and press Alt+F11 to open the macro editor.
  3. Press Ctrl+V to paste the macro code you copied in step 1.
  4. Close the macro editor window and close Word.

The macro is now saved in the Normal.dot template in Word and will be loaded automatically the next time you start Word.

Now assign the shortcut F7 to the new macro.

  1. Start Word, and select Files > Settings > Customize Ribbon.
  2. Click the Customize button next to Shortcuts in the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Macros near the bottom of the Categories list in the top left.
  4. Select the SpellCheck macro near the bottom of the Macros list on the right.
  5. Click in the text box below Press new shortcut key, and then press the F7 function key.
  6. Click the Assign button.
  7. Click Close, click OK to close the next dialog, and close and restart Word.

Now the good old Spelling dialog is opened when pressing F7, and you can use the shortcuts.

Source for macro code

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