Monday, March 22, 2010

How to change color of the wavy spell check lines in Word 2007

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Anybody who has used Microsoft Word is familiar with those wriggly colored lines that appear underneath whenever you make a spelling error. This is a standard feature in all Microsoft products and, in fact, all word processors from different software publishers. A red colored line indicates spelling error while green indicates grammatical error. Microsoft included a way to customize the color of these lines in Word 2007. This is how to do it.

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1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Proofing Tools

3. Check if the SpellingWavyUnderlineColor entry exists. Chances are, it doesn’t. If it does jump to step 6.

4. Right-click on the pane on the right-hand side, choose New > DWORD

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5. Name the DWORD SpellingWavyUnderlineColor.

6. Double click on this entry, choose the Hexadecimal radio button and enter the hexadecimal value of the new color. (TIP: You can use a color picker to get HTML value of any color on the screen)

7. Repeat the above steps to change color of the other wavy lines using the following registry values:

  • GrammarWavyUnderlineColor – For grammar errors
  • ContextualSpellingWavyUnderlineColor – For contextual spelling errors
  • SmartTagUnderlineColor – For smart tags

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