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How to Remove Red and Green Wavy Underlines in Word Document

While typing in a Word document, you may find some words are underlined with red wavy lines and some sentences are underlined with green squiggly lines. Some people are confused about what the colored wavy underlines mean, and think they are a real eyesore which makes the Word document look messy so that they wonder how to get rid of them. Now in this page I will explain how to remove red and green wavy underlines in Word document.


Part 1: What do the red and green wavy underlines mean

Microsoft Word turns on Spell check and Grammar check by default. The red wavy underlines just mean flagged spelling errors and the green underlines mean flagged grammatical errors. However, the checking isn’t always accurate, and that’s why you may want to remove it. In order to remove the red wavy underlines just turn off Spell Check, and to remove the green wavy underlines you need to turn off Grammar Check.

Part 2: How to remove red and green wavy underlines in Word

Step 1: Open the Word document.

Step 2: Click File > Options.

Step 3: Select Proofing. Scroll down in the right-side pane.

1. Remove red and green wavy underlines from all Word documents:

Uncheck the box next to Check spelling as you type, the box next to Mark grammar errors as you type, and the box next to Check grammar with spelling. Then click OK. Then all the red and green wavy underlines should be gone.

Uncheck Spelling and Grammar check

Tips: By this way, red and green wavy underlines won’t show in any Word documents on your computer.

2. Remove red and green wavy underlines in current Word document only:

Tick the checkbox next to Hide spelling errors in this document only and the checkbox next to Hide grammar errors in this document only, and then click OK. Then all the red and green wavy underlines will immediately disappear.

Hide spelling and grammar errors

Alternative way to remove red and green wavy underlines in current Word document only:

Step 1: Click Review > Language > Set Proofing Language on the Menu bar of the Word document.

Step 2: Select the language you use in the Word document. Tick the box next to Do not check spelling or grammar. Then click Set As Default and click Yes when prompted a dialog asking if you want to make the change. Finally click OK to finish. Then all red and green wavy underlines should be removed immediately.

Do not check spelling or grammar

Tips: The 2 ways above only work for your current document. When you open another different Word document, red and green wavy underlines will still show up once there is spelling error or grammatical error.

Note:

1. All the ways above to remove red and green wavy underlines only take effect on your current computer. If you put your word document and open it on another computer, the colored lines will still show because spelling and grammar check are turned on by default in most versions of Microsoft Word until you manually turn them off.

2. Generally, the colored wavy underlines can inform you of misspelled words and grammar errors. Turning off the Spell Check and Grammar Check to remove red and green wavy underlines will make you can’t find and correct words and sentences errors timely.