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Proofing options

Proofing options allow you to check spelling in ArcGIS Pro. For example, you can spell-check the metadata of datasets, layers, and other project items. Spell-checking is also available in some other areas of the application.

Misspelled words are marked with wavy red underlines. You can use context menu commands to correct misspellings, add words to a custom dictionary, or ignore words that you don't want to correct or add to your dictionary.

To open the Proofing options, follow these steps:

  1. From an open project, click the Project tab on the ribbon. Or, from the ArcGIS Pro start page, click About ArcGIS Pro in the lower left corner.
  2. In the list on the left, click Options.
  3. On the Options dialog box, under Application, click Proofing.

Enable or disable spell-checking

Check the Enable spell checking check box to turn on spell-checking. Clear the check box to turn off spell-checking.

Check spelling

With spell-checking enabled, right-click an item in the catalog view, Catalog pane, or Contents pane, and click Edit Metadata Edit. The item's metadata opens in a view. Right-click any word marked with a wavy red underline and choose to correct the spelling, ignore the word, or add the word to your dictionary.

Example: Check the spelling of metadata for a feature class.

  1. In an open project, open the Proofing options as described above.
  2. Check the Enable spell checking check box and click OK.
  3. Press the Esc key to return to your project.
  4. In the Catalog pane, expand Databases or Folders. Right-click a feature class and click Edit Metadata Edit.

    Spelling errors are shown when item metadata is edited but not when it is viewed.

  5. In the metadata view, right-click a misspelled word and click a suggested replacement.

    A context menu shows suggested corrections for a misspelled word in an item's metadata
    In this example, a misspelling is corrected. Other marked words may be ignored or added to your custom dictionary.

  6. On the Metadata tab, in the Manage Metadata group, click Save Save.

    The error is fixed in the feature class metadata and in the layer metadata for map layers that use the feature class as a data source.


    By default, map layers use the metadata of their data sources. This means that layer metadata is automatically updated when changes are made to the metadata of the data source. It also means that layer metadata cannot be edited—or spell-checked—independently of the metadata of the data source. To edit layer metadata independently of its data source, see Set layer properties.

Add words to the custom dictionary

Some acceptable words, such as technical terms or product names, may be marked as spelling errors. As you check spelling, you can add these words to a custom dictionary by right-clicking them and clicking Add to Custom Dictionary. Words in your custom dictionary are no longer marked as spelling errors.

Alternatively, you can click Ignore All to stop a word from being marked as a spelling error. Ignored words are not added to your custom dictionary. The Ignore All command applies only to the current metadata field. For example, if you ignore a word in the Summary field of an item description, it will still be marked as a spelling error in the Description field.

You can also add words to your custom dictionary on the Proofing tab of the Options dialog box. In the Word box, type a word and click Add. The word appears in the Dictionary box, along with any other words that have been added.

The custom dictionary is stored as a Microsoft .dic file named MyArcGISPro.dic in your user profile directory. The file is compatible with Microsoft Office applications.


Custom dictionaries are not available on the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.

Remove words from the custom dictionary

You can remove words from the custom dictionary through the Proofing tab on the Options dialog box. In the Dictionary box, select the word you want to remove and click Delete. To remove all the words from your custom dictionary, click Delete All.

Change your proofing language

You can change the language used for proofing on the Language tab on the Options dialog box.

The list of available languages corresponds to the list of language packs for Windows installed on your computer. Use the Language Control Panel in Windows to add languages and download operating system language packs. After a new language pack is installed, the language will be available as a Proofing language list in ArcGIS Pro.

An example of proofing languages showing English and French
The proofing language is set on the Language tab of the Options dialog box.


On the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems, spell check is only available for English, Spanish, French, and German. On these operating systems, the proofing language is controlled by changing the Display language for ArcGIS Pro on the Language tab. The Proofing Language options is not available.

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