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Spelling Preferences

You set spell-checking options in the Spelling subsection of the Preferences dialog box (Figure 8.12). You must have the Spelling Checker tool installed in order to perform spell-checking functions and to set Spelling preferences.

  • Check spelling as you type. When enabled, Entourage flags all suspect words by displaying them with a red, squiggly underline (Figure 8.13).

    Figure 8.13. When Check spelling as you type is enabled, spelling errors are flagged as you type.

  • Always check spelling before queuing outgoing messages. When enabled, Entourage automatically initiates a spell check when you send a message. If this option is disabled, you must choose Tools > Spelling or press .

  • Always suggest corrections. When this option is enabled and you perform a spelling check, Entourage lists possible replacements for each suspect word (Figure 8.14). Unless you want to handle all such problems by making manual edits, leave this option checked.

    Figure 8.14. When performing a spelling check, Entourage can suggest replacements for words that it doesn't find in its main or custom dictionaries.

  • Suggest from main dictionary only. When enabled, potential replacement words will be drawn only from the main dictionary. Leave this option unchecked to draw replacements from the main dictionary and a custom (user-created) dictionary.

  • Ignore words in UPPERCASE. When enabled, words that are entirely in uppercase are ignored during spelling checks. (Acronyms, such as IBM, frequently appear in uppercase.)

  • Ignore words with numbers. Enable this option to ignore all words that contain numbers, such as 7Office.

  • Ignore Internet and file addresses. Because Web URLs, email addresses, and file paths seldom contain real words, enable this option to ignore them during spell checks.

  • Use German post-reform rules. If the dictionary language (see below) is set to German, post-reform spelling rules are used rather than traditional ones.

  • Custom dictionary. You may have a custom dictionary (one created during Word spelling checks, for instance) that stores spellings of words not listed in the main dictionary, such as proper names and industry-specific terms. Click the Dictionaries button to select or change your custom dictionary.

  • Dictionary language. Select a language to use when conducting a spelling check.



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