Checking Spelling

Use the PowerPoint spell check and PowerPoint grammar check features to ensure your PowerPoint presentation is free of errors.

Checking spelling

Video: Checking Spelling in PowerPoint 2010

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To make your slide show appear professional, you'll want to make sure it is free from spelling errors. PowerPoint has several options for checking your spelling. You can run a spell check, or you can allow PowerPoint to check your spelling automatically as you type.

Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.

To run a spell check:

  1. Go to the Review tab.
  2. Click the Spelling command.
    Spelling commandSpelling command
  3. The Spelling dialog box will open. For each error in your presentation, PowerPoint will try to offer one or more suggestions. You can select a suggestion and then click Change to correct the error.
    Correcting a spelling errorCorrecting a spelling error
  4. If no appropriate suggestions are given, you can manually type the correct spelling and then click Change.
    Typing a correctionTyping a correction

Ignoring spelling "errors"

The spelling check is not always correct. It will sometimes say something is spelled incorrectly when it's not. This often happens with people's names, which may not be in the dictionary.

If PowerPoint says something is an error, you can choose not to change it using one of three options: