How to enable old style spell checking in Word 2016

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I HATE HATE HATE the new editor in Word 2016.  Stefan Bloom (?) answered with a macro that could be used, but it did not work for me...

Can anyone help me with this and give me step by step instructions on how to go back to the old spell check style WITHOUT the annoying editor pane?? 

Thank you.

Roberta

 

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I, too, am having difficulty getting the macro to work as intended.  I copied and pasted it, then assigned the F7 keystroke to it.  However, it simply brings up the editor pane.  And as of today (maybe there's been an update?), the editor pane is also reviewing grammar and is going excruciatingly slowly through the document and not showing me spelling errors until it's checked the entire thing.  I'm sitting and waiting ... and waiting and waiting for it to finish.  Is anyone else having this problem or does my computer just Christmas gremlins today?

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Now the macro is no longer working here, either.

I am referring to both the one just posted and one posted by Jay Freedman a while back. Both gave me the classic dialog a couple of days ago! Very frustrating.

They changed the Editor, too. Now it gives a summary. I like the summary.

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Yeah, this is the build I have and when it stopped working.  I initially had updates turned off, I don't know when they were turned on again but I'm kicking myself.  It's so frustrating because the old style is so much easier and quicker to use.  

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I'm seeing the Editor, too, now, when I'm running the macro (version 1811). :-(

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I, too, am frustrated with the loss of a faster, easier to use spell checker. It is gratifying to see others with the same complaint. It is disenhartening to read the ups and downs of having a macro to fix it only to be followed by a change in Office 365 that disables the macro. It looks like at this point all we can do is submit our complaints to user voice. 

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That I must add, 'Try an involved work-around to make spell-check work again in Word' to my list of computer problems is grotesque. Where is that otherwise irritating feedback pane with the sad face when - for once - I need it?

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Unfortunately, there are no workarounds which let you avoid the Editor pane with a manual spellcheck any more—not even involved workarounds. It appears that version 1811 finally broke the ability to call the classic Spelling & Grammar dialog box.

If your Office installation does not include the feedback smiley, post directly at https://word.uservoice.com instead.

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That I must add, 'Try an involved work-around to make spell-check work again in Word' to my list of computer problems is grotesque. Where is that otherwise irritating feedback pane with the sad face when - for once - I need it?

The smiley face/frown is found on the Help tab in recent versions and also under Feedback under File.

Here is a link to the user voice topic. Please vote and comment!

IMO, Microsoft should be embarrassed about this one.

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Thank you, Stefan.

The uservoice webpage has 17 pages of thoughts on the Word spell-check. Thus can Microsoft hide! I did not look through all those pages, but instead created an new entry, entitled - by dint of the grim UI and not my design - simply 'spelling'. The URL, at present anyway, is:

https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/36399346-spelling

I suppose that making-the-error-reporting-so-horrible-no-one-will-do-it (or do it in an effective way) is a ruse second only - and in PR terms better than - the option of providing no means of comment whatsoever.

Microsoft: the amount of ire you generate should make you pause.

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I recommend that you vote for the existing suggestion as well.

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