Check spelling in a spreadsheet

To find misspelled words and see suggested spellings in a spreadsheet, you can use the spell check tool in Google Sheets.

If you're using a spreadsheet created in the new Google Sheets, which has a green checkmark in the bottom right, use the following instructions. If you don't see the checkmark, use the instructions in the expandable section at the bottom of the page.

  1. Open a spreadsheet.
  2. Click on the cell or range of cells where you'd like to start checking your spelling.
  3. Click the Tools menu and click Spelling.
  4. If a word is incorrect and you want to change it, select a word to replace it, or type in a replacement, and click Change. If a word is correct and you don't want to change it, click Ignore.
  5. Continue checking the spelling in the rest of the cells or click X to close the spelling tool.
  6. If your spreadsheet has more than one sheet and you've finished checking the first sheet, click Search all sheets to check the spelling of the rest of the sheets.

If the instructions above don’t work, you may be using an older version of Google Sheets. In that case, follow these alternative instructions:

Check spelling in the old Google Sheets
  1. Open a spreadsheet.
  2. Click on the cell where you'd like to start checking your spelling.
  3. Click the Tools menu and select Spelling.
  4. Incorrect words are automatically underlined in red. Simply click on a misspelled word to see suggested spellings and select the correct spelling from the list. If you'd like to keep the original spelling, select the original spelling at the bottom of the suggestions.
  5. Click the Next button to check the spelling on other cells in the sheet.
    • If your spreadsheet has more than one sheet, click Continue on next sheet to check the spelling for additional sheets.
  6. When you're done checking your spelling, click Done or the X button in the upper right corner of the window.

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