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Use the tools menu for spelling, voice typing, translation and dictionary.
The Tools Menu in Docs
The “Tools” menu lets you access several useful tools in Google Docs, like a spellchecker, dictionary, outline generator, word count, automatic dictation, translator, script editor, and automatic substitution.
When to use
When you need to use any of these functions.
Options in the Tools menu
- Spelling: Run a spellcheck on your document. When it finds a misspelled word, choose to change it, ignore it, or add it to your personal dictionary.
NOTE: Words added to the personal dictionary will be accepted as correctly spelled from then on.
- Explore: A research tool that lets Google suggest useful information about your document from the internet.
- Define: Look up words in a dictionary.
- Document outline: Automatically generate an outline of your document.
NOTE: Google Docs looks at the layout of your document and makes guesses about what should go in the outline, so don’t expect perfection.
- Word count: Find out how many pages, words, and characters there are in your document.
- Voice typing: Dictate text into your microphone and Google Docs will write it in your document.
- Translate document: Create a new document with a translation of your text by Google Translate.
- Script editor: Script editing for programmers.
- Preferences: Change the automatic corrections that Google makes while you’re typing.
- Personal dictionary: The spell checker will ignore all the words on this list. Add or remove words from the list here.
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