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How to get the Office spell checker to ignore Internet addresses

Internet addresses fill our correspondence and documents, and those addresses confuse the spell check feature. If you don't want the spell checker to stop at each Internet address, tell it to stop -- permanently.

If your documents contain e-mail addresses or URLs, the spell checker will stop at every one, and that's going to annoy you. Well... I know it annoys me. You can inhibit this behavior by simply telling Office to ignore Internet addresses as follows:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
  2. Click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  3. Check the Ignore Internet And File Addresses option.
  4. Click OK.

If you're using Office 2007, do the following:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options (or whatever application you're using).
  2. Select Proofing in the left pane.
  3. Check Ignore Internet And File Addresses.
  4. Click OK.

This permanent change affects all documents.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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