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Microsoft Word doesn't even recognize misspelled words when I have "check spelling as you type" boxed checks in the proofing options. I've even purposely misspelled words inside tables and they don't show as misspelled.

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i can't reproduce this behavior. When i type into tables, it checks the spelling. Do you have an example to show us ? –  JMax Jun 22 '11 at 13:28
Take a look at this related question: superuser.com/questions/130379/… –  Pierz Feb 25 at 13:35

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Try selecting your entire table, then click the Language button in the statusbar and make sure that "Do not check spelling and grammar" is not checked.

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That works for just one table, but my document has multiple tables, over 100. So I'd have to select each table? That's not very efficient. –  JP8 Jul 8 '11 at 16:20
It worked for me on multiple tables. I needed to set the language to English from the language tab and uncheck the "Do not check spelling and grammar". It was a bit of a pain, but it worked. –  user120558 Feb 28 '12 at 20:36

When typing in a table, often times we're entering text in all caps. Word seems to ignore those words for some reason (perhaps it thinks it's a title and titles don't matter?). If you replace one upper case character with the equivalent lower case letter then spell check will pick it up right off the bat.

Give that a try.

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I set my language as English (Ireland), click CTRL+A and unticked "Do not check spelling". But Word did not recognise spelling mistakes in the table. When i changed the language to English (UK) it did. That's my two cents.

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There is an checkbox under "file" in "options" under "proofing" for "do not check words in uppercase". Click this off. Happy spelling.

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Thank you, you saved my day! –  Mathlight Jan 17 at 13:46

In my case, word 2013 plus, I opened File->Proofing, then towards the bottom, there is "Exceptions for:". I see my document name there, so I just unchecked "Hide spelling errors in this document only" and the grammar box as well. That did the trick for me!

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I had the same problem it was resolved by copying the whole document onto a blank document. CTRL+A, CTRL+C, CTRL+N, CTRL+V, CTRL+S.

That's only 6 keystrokes!

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