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Using Tools

Word processing is not just typing and formatting. There are tools to cut down on errors and to make repetitive tasks less taxing.

Spelling and Grammar Checking

Once you've written your document, you'll want to make sure you don't embarrass yourself by misspelling something, and that's where the spelling checker comes in. As much as spelling checkers can do, it is important to remember what they can't do: spell. A spelling checker simply compares the words in a document with its dictionary; if a word isn't in the dictionary, it is flagged. Most spelling checkers at this point will suggest a replacement for the unknown word or phrase. (Word suggests that “Marty Cortinas” should be “merry courtesan.”) As you can see, the efficiency of the spelling checker is directly influenced by the quality of the dictionary.


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