Check the Spelling of Your Emails Automatically in Windows Mail

Settings for Automatic Spellcheck in Windows Email Programs

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Checking your spelling before sending an email is a good way to ensure you are communicating clearly and professionally. Windows email programs may have a built-in spelling and grammar checking function. Here is how to access it for various Windows email products.

Using Windows Spellcheck for Windows 8 and Later

Go to your PC Settings and search for Autocorrect misspelled words and Highlight misspelled words. If both of these are turned on, you will see them function in many programs, including webmail and online forms.

Spelling and Grammar Review for Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016

You can run the Spelling and Grammar command each time you want to check your writing. Select Review and then Spelling and Grammar. Look for the icon with ABC over a checkmark. You can right-click on it and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar if you want to keep it handy.

You can also set the option to run every time before you send a message.

  • Select File > Options > Mail
  • Under Compose messages, check the "Always check spelling before sending" box. You may also want to check or uncheck the "Ignore original message text in reply or forward" so it won't flag spelling and grammar in those cases.

If you select this automatic function, it will run when you select Send for each message.

Spelling Check in Mail for Windows 10

To check the spelling when you are composing an email message, select Options and click on the Spelling option. This will run the spell check and it will highlight any words that may need to be corrected, with suggested corrections. When done, it will show a message that the check is complete.

There is no menu to access to have the spell check run automatically for each message. However, if you have Windows Spellcheck enabled, you will see possibly misspelled words underlined in red. You can right-click on them to see suggested corrections or go to Options and run the Spelling option.

Spellcheck for Office 365 Outlook on the Web and

There is no built-in spellcheck for these products. They can use the spellcheck function of your web browser. If your browser doesn't have a built-in spellcheck, search for an add-on one. You can do a search with the name of your browser, such as Firefox, and spelling checker add-on.

Check the Spelling of Your Emails Automatically in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

You may still be using older or discontinued email products for Windows such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express. To have these programs check the spelling of every email you write automatically:

  • Select Tools | Options... from the menu.
    • In Windows Live Mail, hold down the Alt key if the menu bar is not visible.
  • Go to the Spelling tab.
  • Make sure Always check spelling before sending is checked.
  • Click OK.