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Run spelling and grammar check

Word automatically checks spelling and grammar by default (you can turn this feature off, skip spelling, and grammar check for specific text). It is a good habit to check spelling and grammar after making changes to the document.

How to add certain words to the spelling exclusion list

Word provides many convenient mechanisms for working with words, abbreviations, and dictionaries. Along with creating your custom dictionaries, you can maintain the dictionary of exclusion words. For example, expressions such as “fat turkey”, or “disgusting smell” can be appropriate and formal for some texts, but phrases “fat girl”, “disgusting person” are inconvenient for many documents.

Enable/disable check spelling as you type

Spell checking is a convenient feature of Microsoft Word for short utility texts becomes an annoying nuisance that interferes with the creative writing process for long sophisticated texts. Professional writers disable spelling and grammar checks in moments of creativity and re-enable checks later at the editing and polishing stage.

Dashes in a Word document

There are two types of dashes in Word documents: the en dash () and the em dash (). The em dash () is typically about as wide as a capital M. The en dash () is about as wide as a capital N. There are different rules and standards for how and when dashes may or may not have spaces around them.

How to paste text without formatting

When you work with a large amount of information, translations, or research sources, you often use copy-paste to paste some text blocks in different places with different formatting.

How to create vectors in Word

A vector is a mathematical object characterized by magnitude and direction. To define a vector, use a bar above (Symbol with bar above in Word 365), an arrow above (Symbol with arrow above in Word 365), bold or gothic font (Gothic a symbol in Word 365).

How to insert angle symbol in Word

An angle ∠ is a geometric figure formed by two rays - sides of the angle, emanating from the point called the vertex of the angle or angular point.

How to insert Angle brackets or chevrons in Word

Angle brackets ⟨ ⟩, also known as pointy brackets, triangular brackets, diamond brackets, tuples, chevrons, guillemets, broken brackets, brokets, (often substituted informally by less-than < and greater-than signs >) are used in different areas, for example:

How to insert plus-minus and minus-plus symbols in Word

The plus-minus symbol ± (also known as plus or minus sign) is placed in front of an expression and means that the following value can be either positive or negative, more or less. This symbol often indicates:

How to insert multiplication symbol and division sign in Word

The multiplication sign × (also known as the times sign or the dimension sign) is the mathematical sign for the multiplication operation. There are several popular representations for the multiplication operation: a cross (×), a dot (), or an asterisk ().

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