How to Check Spelling and Grammar in Microsoft Outlook

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In Brief...

It is a good idea to check the spelling and grammar of your messages before you send them. To check the spelling and grammar in a message, follow these five steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Outlook: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. When your message is composed, on the Message Ribbon, select the Review tab.
    Review Tab

  2. In the Proofing group, select Spelling & Grammar.
    Spelling and Grammar

  3. The Spelling and Grammar dialog box launches.
    Spelling and Grammar Dialog Box

  4. Move through the spelling and grammar issues by selecting the options on the right.

  5. When the completed check message appears, click OK.
    Completed Check Message

Author: Margaux Judge

Margaux Judge has worked as an e-learning editor and instructional designer for over ten years, writing and editing a wide variety of courses, from technical topics to soft skills. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Television Writing from Boston University.