I am writing a text with a lot of foreign words, and MS Word complained that there were too many ‘errors’ and stopped checking spelling. Is there a way to force spellchecking? (Short of creating a separate style, which I do for entire sentences but which would be impractical for isolated words.) I have foreign words in italics; letting Word know that italics are off-limit would work.


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You need to install a foreign dictionary

Microsoft Word can use multiple custom dictionaries to check the spelling of your documents. A custom dictionary allows you to supplement the main dictionary with additional words, such as names, specialized technical terms, foreign words or alternative spelling of some words.

You can buy foreign dictionaries in the Office Store.

Or find them online.

But many languages are built in and you just have to choose them from an internal menu.

  • +1 You could also add words to the current dictionary as you go (after you check that they are correctly spelled), or right-click and ignore, to ignore them for good.
    – NofP
    May 21, 2019 at 22:49
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    @NofP which works well if there only 20-50 words, not if there are hundreds...
    – Cyn
    May 22, 2019 at 0:10
  • @NofP It is a plausible tactic for common words, but should foreign words be added to the dictionary? May 24, 2019 at 8:40
  • @Cyn Unfortunately, this will not work with transliterations of Japanese words (which are not found in Japanese dictionaries). May 24, 2019 at 8:42
  • @MathieuBouville I may be wrong but if you don't want to contaminate your everyday dictionary, you should be able to add them to a custom dictionary and use it for that particular project. Hence Cyn suggestion of using custom dictionaries is still a good idea.
    – NofP
    May 24, 2019 at 13:23

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