WD: Word Prompts to Save Changes Unnecessarily When Closing File

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When you close a document after saving it, Word may prompt you to save changes even though there are apparently no changes to be saved.


This behavior is by design and occurs when the Word Automatic Spell Checking feature is enabled. When you have the Automatic Spell Checking option selected, Word may add information to the document after you save it that causes Word to prompt to save changes. Automatic Spell Checking makes changes to the document by adding information about each word being correctly or incorrectly spelled. When spelling data is changed after a save, Word asks if you want to save changes to ensure that the valuable spelling data is saved.

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To reproduce this behavior, change some text in your document and then quickly save the document while the small icon in the status bar is moving. After you save, Word adds new spelling data to the document, and that new data causes Word to ask if you want to save changes when you close the file.

To turn off automatic spell checking, do the following:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Spelling (Word 7.x) or the Spelling & Grammar (Word 97) tab .
  3. Clear the Automatic Spell Checking (Word 7.x) or the Check Spelling As You Type (Word 97) check box.


Article ID: 133860 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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