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Giving Your Documents the Editorial Eye 111 Checking Your Spelling and Grammar If spelling isn't your forte, your program's spelling checker might become your best friend. Word processing, spreadsheet, and most desktop publishing programs include a spelling checker that can check your document for spelling errors, typos, repeated words (such as "the the"), and incorrect capitalization (tHe). The spelling checker typically hangs out on the Tools menu or in one of the program's toolbars. When you enter the command to check the spelling in the document, the spelling checker starts sniffing around in your document and then stops on the first questionable word it finds, as shown in Figure 11.4. You can skip the questionable word, replace it with a correction from the suggestion list, or type your own correction. Figure 11.4. The spelling checker stops on questionable spellings and offers suggestions. Some word processing programs also offer a tool that can check your document for grammatical errors, such as sentence fragments, subject/verb disagreement, passive voice, and run-on senten- ces. These grammar checkers work just like spelling checkers, stopping on questionable construc- tions and offering suggestions. Redlining and AutoCorrect for Clean-As-You-Go Documents The newest word processing programs automatically check your spelling on the go, giving you the feeling that your sixth grade English teacher is now living inside your computer. For example, Mi- crosoft Word displays a squiggly red line under any words you type that do not match a word in Word's dictionary. You can right-click the word in question and choose a correct spelling from the context menu. If you have the grammar checker on, green squiggly lines mark common grammatical errors.