Can I use keyboard shortcuts in the Word 2013 spell checker?

I've always used keyboard combinations such as Alt+G (ignore), Alt+A (add to dictionary) etc. in the spell checker from previous versions of Word.

I've now upgraded to Word 2013 and find that the spell checker has been shifted into a task pane of its own. I can invoke a spell check with F7, as I always have in the past. But from that point on, I seem to have to use the mouse to work with the spell checker. (Certain letters on the spell checker buttons are underlined, implying that a keyboard shortcut is available, but Alt+letter doesn't work - if I'm lucky I'll get an error "ping" but that's all.)

I don't like having to use the mouse to work the spell checker, as it means a lot more eye travel around the screen. Can anyone explain to me how to use keyboard shortcuts with it?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Last updated September 17, 2019 Views 10,339 Applies to:
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To avoid the error message, replace the macro with this more complicated one:

Sub SpellCheck()
    On Error GoTo errhdl
    Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Execute
    Exit Sub
errhdl:
    If Err.Number <> 4198 Then
        MsgBox "Error " & Err.Number & vbCr & Err.Description
    End If
End Sub

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Yes, you can do that. Install this macro in the Normal.dotm template, and assign the F7 shortcut to it:

Sub SpellCheck()
    Dialogs(wdDialogToolsSpellingAndGrammar).Execute
End Sub
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