How to Use Adobe InDesign CC Spell Check Feature

By Elle Smith

Adobe InDesign CC is a feature-rich desktop publishing software program for digital designers who create professional electronic documents, books, catalogs and other print projects. Documents that contain text can be created by importing Word documents or other text files that have already been checked for spelling accuracy. When you type directly into the program, use InDesign's spell check feature to keep the file error free.

Set Your Preferences

Step 1

Launch InDesign. You do not need to open a new document to set the spell check preferences.

Step 2

Select "Edit" from the main menu. Scroll to "Preferences " and then "Spelling" if you're using Windows. Alternatively, select "InDesign" from the main menu, choose "Preferences" and scroll to "Spelling" if you're on a Mac.

Step 3

Change your spell check preferences. Click the box next to "Misspelled Words" to alert you to words that do not appear in the InDesign language directory. Click the box next to "Repeated Words" to alert you to duplicate words typed concurrently, such as "as as." Check the box next to "Uncapitalized Words" to find words in the dictionary that are usually capitalized. Check the box next to "Uncapitalized Sentences" to alert you to uncapitalized words that follow punctuation, such as periods, question marks or exclamation points.

Step 4

Check the box next to "Enable Dynamic Spelling" to automatically underline misspelled words as you type. Choose the color preference for your underlined misspelled, repeated, uncapitalized words or uncapitalized sentences by selecting the pull-down menu next to each and picking a color for each type of mistake.

Step 5

Click "OK" to set the preferences.

Use the Spell Checker

Step 1

Open the InDesign document you want to check for spelling errors.

Step 2

Select "Edit" from the main menu. Scroll to "Spelling" and choose "Check Spelling." Next to the Search heading in the panel that opens, click "Document" to spell check the file. Click "Select All Documents" to spell check all open files in the program.

Step 3

Indicate changes as needed by choosing the correct spellings from the Suggested Corrections list or by inputting changes.

Step 4

Click "Done" when you are finished spell checking the document.