- Office-Wide Feature: Microsoft Office Backstage
- Office-Wide Feature: Image Editing
- Office-Wide Feature: Paste Options
- Office-Wide Feature: Contextual Spell Checking
- Outlook Feature: Ribbon Interface
- Excel Feature: Sparklines
- Word Feature: Navigation Pane
- PowerPoint Feature: Animation Painter
- PowerPoint Feature: Web Broadcasting
- Office On the Web
Office-Wide Feature: Contextual Spell Checking
The Office spelling checker has always done a decent job of catching both spelling and grammatical errors. (Of course, it always helps if you know which of its suggestions are correct and which ones are incorrect.) In Office 2010, Microsoft has taken spell checking to the next level by considering context when it checks for errors. This means that correctly spelled words that sound alike (such as to, too, and two; your and you're; and won and one) will be flagged as incorrect if you inadvertently use the wrong one in the present context. For those of us whose fingers occasionally go faster than our brains, this feature can be exceptionally useful.
To enable contextual spell checking, click the File tab in any Office program and then select Options in the Backstage. Contextual spell checking must be enabled separately for each application. In Word and PowerPoint, this preference can be found in the Proofing category (see Figure 5). In Outlook, select the Mail category and then click the Spelling and Autocorrect button.
Figure 5 Contextual spell checking can be enabled or disabled in the Options dialog box (check or uncheck Use Contextual Spelling, respectively).