In my Office 365 version of Word the user interface for the spell checker recently changed. It now looks like this...

Spell check UI

It is slow to load and I cannot turn off the grammar checking.

When I go to the Proofing Settings, I see this ...

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Notice that Mark grammar errors as you type is unticked, and there is no Check grammar with spelling tickbox.

How do I turn off grammar checking?

This "Editor" pane, which always shows Spelling and Grammar -- is there way to turn it off and revert to the old-style spell-check pane?

  • What is the format of your document? .doc or .docx? – Rich Michaels Oct 8 '18 at 12:26
  • It is a .docx file – MattClarke Oct 10 '18 at 1:23

At the bottom of the Options > Proofing dialog there is an "Exceptions for:" pull-down menu. You can change its value to All New Documents and then mark the check box to "Hide grammar errors ..."

  • Sorry to say, but that does not work. When I turn that option off, then create a new document, type a few words and then press F7 for the spelling checker, I get the error message "To check this document the following exceptions in Proofing Options must be turned off: Hide spelling errors in this document only; Hide grammar errors in this document only". I have tried every combination of those two tick boxes in the Proofing options for "this document" and "all documents" and I always get one of two behaviours -- either the error message I mentioned here, or the behaviour I described in the OP. – MattClarke Oct 10 '18 at 9:47

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