How to enable auto spell check in Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007

Microsoft Outlook provides auto spell check similar to the auto spell feature available in Word. Listed below are the steps to enable spell check feature as you type message in Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007.

Enable auto spell check as you type in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

Click File menu and select Options from the list.

Options in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

In the Outlook Options window, click Editor Options under Compose messages section in Mail tab.

Compose messages settings in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

Navigate to “When correcting spelling in Outlook section” and make sure to enable check box with caption as “Check spelling as you type”

enable auto spell check in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

Turn on check spelling as you type in Outlook 2007

In Outlook 2007, click Tools -> Options menu

Editor Options Outlook 2007

Under Mail Format click on the Editor Options button. This would display the Editor Options window. Click on the Proofing section and tick the check box Check spelling as you type under When correcting spelling in Outlook section. This would enable the auto spell check in Outlook 2007.

Outlook 2007 Auto Spell Check

Also See: How to enable automatic spell check in Microsoft Word

In Category: Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013

Ravi Shankar

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  • Jamie November 18, 2010, 4:16 am

    This option is selected in Outlook, however, it is not picking up spelling errors.

  • mihai November 2, 2011, 6:20 pm

    thank you… very useful

  • Shanker December 26, 2011, 11:15 am

    thanks very helpfulll

  • Kathy October 9, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Thanks for the try, my problem is that the box is grey and wont let me change anything in the box “correcting spelling in outlook”. How can I get that box unlocked???

  • Dino Paul October 17, 2013, 11:06 am

    Thank You,,,,,,,very useful

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