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How to Turn On the Spell Check on Outlook

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: September 11, 2019
How to Turn On the Spell Check on Outlook

Knowing how to turn on the spell check on outlook can be fundamental when writing important emails. In order to avoid spelling mistakes when writing an email, we recommend turning on your Outlook spell check.

For more, keep reading here at oneHOWTO, where we will teach you how to turn on the spell check on Outlook - a fairly easy action, since the spell check is already built into Outlook itself.

You may also be interested in: How to enable the Gmail spell checker

Steps to follow:


Enter your Outlook login, Click on your file tab (top-left of screen) and then click on options.


Then Click on Mail. And make sure the box always check spelling before sending has a tick.


If you don't check that box, you will have to press the "spelling and autochecking" box every time you want to use the spell check for one of your emails.

How to Turn On the Spell Check on Outlook - Step 3

Finally, when you click "Send" the spell check will work automatically, preventing you from making spelling mistakes in your emails.

As you open the menu, you can use it to configure the spell check to your personal preference. To do this, click the "Spelling and Autocorrect" button which appears to the right hand side of the "always check spelling before sending" option. Through the Autocorrect options, for example, you can omit any words which contain numbers, internet addresses, or those which are capitalized. Sometimes the spell check automatically corrects what it considers as spelling errors, so it is better to set it not to do it.


The procedure to tun on spell check on Outlook is different when you send emails directly from Outlook.com instead of the electronic email program included in the Office package. In such case, it is also quite easy to turn on: when you start writing you will see the "Spell Check" option in the bar at the top of the screen. All you need to do is click on it to turn on the Outlook spell check.


If you don't see the Spell Check option next to "Send", "Insert" and "Save", you will definitely see three dots. If you click on them, a drop down panel will appear, one of its options is turn on spell check.

How to Turn On the Spell Check on Outlook - Step 6

Does the Outlook spell check still fail to turn on? Then there are two possibilities. Firstly, it's possible that your browser is out of date, so try updating the browser to see if that works. If you still cannot turn on the spell check in the latest version of your browser, it's possible that you are using a browser that is not compatible with "turn on the spell check" feature, so you'll need to use another browser to send your emails.

If you would like to turn on the spell check on Gmail, check this article.

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Kale Johnson
There is no built-in spell checking in Microsoft Outlook. You can, however, utilise a browser extension, your system's built-in spell-check tool, or install a grammar and spelling checker application.

There could be a number of reasons why the spell check in Outlook 2016 isn't working on your PC. Take a look at some of the most common reasons why this occurs:

Your system's spell check feature is turned off.
The email's language isn't supported by the spell or grammar checker.
You are using a version of Outlook that is no longer supported.
There is a waiting update in your Outlook.
The presence of a third-party add-in that prevents the spell-checker from working
An attack by a virus or malware
Here are a few of them.
I cannot find the 'file' tab on the top left corner of my mail settings and am unable to turn on spell check but it has recently changed and now under scores words and phrases but I can't find any way of changing this or being able to spell check words if I click on them?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Julia,

Is it possible you are in maximized mode? You can press F11 to see. You should also be able to use the ALT button to find the file toolbar.
Lou Catlett
I am not sure spell check is on and I also need spell check for all.
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