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Microsoft KB Archive/101480

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Spelling Checker Flags Formulas as Misspelled

PSS ID Number: Q101480 Article last modified on 03-07-1997

====================================================================== 5.00 5.10 MACINTOSH kbusage

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 5.0 5.1


When using Formula Typsetting Commands in Word to create formulas, the spelling checker may flag text within the formula as misspelled. When the paragraph marks are turned off to display the completed formulas, the spelling checker still flags the text of the formula as misspelled.

For example, the following formula (where the "." is the formula character COMMAND+OPTION+BACKSLASH [])


produces the following when paragraph marks are hidden:


a m

When spell checked, “up8” and “n,m” are flagged as misspelled, regardless of whether the paragraph marks are showing or not.


If the document is long and will be spell checked a number of times, it may be beneficial to create a new custom dictionary and add the formula words to it. To create a new custom dictionary, follow these steps:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Preferences. Choose the Spelling category.
  2. In the Spelling Preferences dialog box, choose New. Choose a location and type a name for the new dictionary. Choose Save and then close the Preferences box.
  3. When the document is spell checked, add each of the formula words to the new custom dictionary. (Note: When adding a word to the new dictionary, verify that the correct custom dictionary shows at the top of the Add Word To drop down list).

The next time the document is spell checked, the formulas that have been added to the new custom dictionary will not be flagged as misspelled.


“User’s Guide” for Microsoft Word versions 5.0 and 5.1 for the Macintosh, pages 781-792.

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