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Is it possible to disable the automatic spell checker in MS Word 2010 for single paragraphs of a document or just for some parts of a document?

I'd like to get rid of the squiggly lines in some parts of a document (e.g. containing extracts of an XML document), because they make reading the document hard.

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OK, I guess I found it and it's quite simple:

  • select the part of the document where you want to disable spell checking
  • click the language in the status bar
  • select the check box "Do not check spelling or grammar"
  • click OK

Word 2007

Screenshot from german version of Word:

screenshot from German version of Word

Screenshot from English version of Word:

Screenshot from English version of Word

Word 2010/2013/2016

For Word 2010/2013/2016 you have use Review ribbon menu. Click Language and then Set proofing language. You can disable spell and grammar check there even you can select a different language for proofing.

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The EN-US localization of the text surrounded by red boxes in the screenshot: "English (U.S.)" and "Do not check spelling or grammar". – Firefeather May 12 '11 at 17:40
In Word 2007, here is how you do the same action described above: You choose the text that needs to have the spell check disabled. And from the Review ribbon hit the Set Language button and you get the option to disable spell check as shown above in M4N's post. – user226975 May 26 '13 at 18:43
I've added a English version of the screenshot, it just has to be accepted. I hope you don't mind. :D – Zain Patel May 26 '13 at 18:58

You can create a custom style for the XML parts. It is possible to select no-spellchecking for individual styles. Sorry I don't know the exact key sequences as I have a very old version of word.

EDIT in my old version the sequence from the style dialog is "Modify" then "format" then "language" then click "Do not check spelling or grammar".

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That was my first idea, but I couldn't find any options to disable spellchecking. – M4N Mar 11 '11 at 13:38
@M4N and @Mick in Word 2003 (don't know which version you're using M4N, but I've got this handy) this is where you find the options when editing a style (Mick, feel free to use these in your answer if you wish). You can also get there from Tools-Language-Set Language on the menu bar, but I'd advise using a specifically designed style for your code inserts. – DMA57361 Mar 11 '11 at 13:39
See my edit - that might do the trick. – Mick Mar 11 '11 at 14:12
Modifying the style does not affect the pre-existing paragraphs. To retroactively apply the changes to the existing paragraphs: Right-click the style, Select All xx Instance(s), then select the style again to reapply. – Hampden123 Sep 24 '15 at 18:19

You can find detailed answer for each MS Office program at:

After selecting Do not check spelling or grammar check box, I've found very useful the option to create a new style from selection:

In Word 2010, you can create a special style that is based on the selected text:

Right-click the selection, and then click Save Selection as a New Quick Style.

Give the style a name—for example, code—and then click OK.

Notice that if you don't find the New Quick Style in the context menu, you can find it under Sytles as "Save Selection as new Quick Style..."

After that, you can give that Style to all portions of text you don't want to be checked.

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No, you can however select it and then assign a specific langugae to it.

Perhaps you could add all XML tags to another language that you would never write/use?

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