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I use Word 2007. My settings are correct for English (UK). Apparently the word 'coloured' is not in the UK English dictionary,
so I added it to my custom dictionary. When I use spell check on downloaded text it correctly underlines 'colored' but the correction suggestions list does not include the spelling 'coloured'. The downloads from the internet are pasted into word and I make sure that the individual word document is set to English (UK), using 'Set Language' as the default. Instead of being able to use the 'change all' option, I have to change each occurrence manually. (As much of what I download is art based this is becoming annoying.) Can you suggest a way of getting my preferred spelling onto the suggestions list?

I'm not sure why the UK dictionary would not include "coloured" in the first place. You may want to see for general suggestions about the spelling checker. If your Regional and Language Options in Windows have UK English set as the default, then it will be the default in Word, but of course text you paste in may have a different language applied (usually US English when it's pasted from the Web). You need to select that text and change the language formatting to UK English. The only reason I can think of for "coloured" not being suggested is that you have the box for "Suggest from main dictionary only" checked at Office Button | Word Options | Proofing.

FWIW, however, I'm seeing exactly the same result in my copy of Word 2007. With the language set to UK English, "colored" is flagged as incorrect and "coloured" is not flagged, but "coloured" is not suggested as a correction for "colored." If I add it to my user dictionary, however, it is suggested.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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