Editor Pane

Is there a way to get rid of the Editor Pane in Word that came out with the 6/7/17 update and go back to the old spellcheck box?
 

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Hello Robert,

With the current design of Word, the option you're referring to is included to the said update on the application. If you want to send suggestions, you can send your feedback through Word UserVoice

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Hello Robert,

With the current design of Word, the option you're referring to is included to the said update on the application. If you want to send suggestions, you can send your feedback through Word UserVoice

If you would like me to provide additional advice, simply respond to this thread. I will get notified and I’ll reply to you as soon as I can.

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!!!

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You can try running the following macro (instead of running Word's built-in command for spellcheck):

Sub ClassicSpellCheckDialog()
'Macro created by Stefan Blom, MVP, October 2018
On Error Resume Next
Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show
End Sub

See http://www.gmayor.com/installing_macro.htm.

When there is a spelling error present, the macro will show the classic Spelling & Grammar dialog box.

Unfortunately, it has been reported that the macro fails to display the classic dialog box on some recent Office installations. It is still working for me, though.

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I need Word 365 NOT to show me the editor pane - I need spell check to be the way it used to be.  I am typing a highly technical document and cannot use the editor pane.  PLEASE HELP!

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I also have the same question.  I have a highly technical document and the editor will not allow me to check a few words - on any document.  In Word 365.  I am in desperate need to go back to the original spell check.  Somebody Help?  I do not understand nor do I want to use a macro.

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It appears that it is not possible, as even the vba command

Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Show

which previously showed the Spelling and Grammar dialog

now causes the Editor pane to be displayed.

The way to try and get something done about it is to raise the issue at

http://word.uservoice.com/

and get as many users as possible to vote on it as the more votes, the more likely something will be done about it.

Hope this helps,
Doug Robbins - MVP Office Apps & Services (Word)
dougrobbinsmvp@gmail.com
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Hi Patty,

I'm sorry to tell you there is no solution. The macro does not work in version 1811.

Your choice is currently to use other software. That could be an earlier version of Word 2013 or earlier or OpenOffice.

You can and should vote and comment in UserVoice.

https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/35496691-allow-use-of-old-spell-check-dialog-in-word-2016-a

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You should post feedback for Microsoft in the Uservoice forum, as other contributors have suggested.

Personally, I avoid doing manual spellcheck and instead I rely on "Check spelling as you type" (File | Options | Proofing). I make use of the right-click option for words that are flagged as (potential) errors—or I just retype any errors (and ignore words that do not need to be modified, obviously).

Of course, if you prefer running spellcheck manually, this is just a workaround.

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Like Stefan, I use "Check spelling as you type" and never run the spelling checker explicitly (I don't use the grammar checker at all). I'm a good speller but a lousy typist, so this works for me.
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As a transcriptionist working on time-sensitive jobs, I don't have time to stop and correct as I'm going along.  I'm an excellent typist and speller, but we also have to check for grammar based on a client's quirks--contractions/no contractions, spacing between words/sentences, verbatim (client says "a ambulance" and we are not to correct it to "an ambulance), etc.  It also isn't efficient to go in and change settings each time a job comes along.  

I just wish there was a way to get Microsoft's attention on this.  I did notice that Charles Kenyon is an attorney.  :)  

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