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How to Activate My Stedman's Med/Pharm Spellchecker within MS Word

Posted By: Dave on 2007-05-05
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Just installed my Stedman's 2005 Med/Pharm Dictionary and realized I no longer have the manual. Does anyone know how to activate it, that is, add it to the MS Word spellchecker?  Thank you much.   Dave

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I have never bought medical spellcheckers nor Instant Text, especially that I have learned a lot from posters here that one could use the autocorrect feature for long words/phrases/paragraphs/templates. I have heard of people saying autocorrect was not meant to be used for such.

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Does anyone know of any line counting software and electronic medical spellchecker that works in Word that is out there for Word 97.  I just upgraded to Office 2007 and my abacus does not do the same and I really don't like it in the standalone version and also my Dorland's electronic medical spellchecker will not even install on this version of Word.  Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions.  Please help as I have to have this to do my job. 

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Stedman's word book nm
Stedman's Word Book

I just started my first MT job about a month ago and I could not do without my Stedman's Orthopaedic & Rehab Words book. If in the future I get into something else I would definitely buy another one of these!

Also have Saunders Pharmaceutical Word Book, a Stedman's Medical Dictionary and The AAMT Book of Style - all very useful.

Stedman word books
depending on what specialties you do. For abbreviations, I use this web site:


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And I may just Go Wild and buy two. 

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Surgical Word Book (Tessier, NOT Stedman's). nm
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if you're interested, as I updated with the newest editions. These older ones would still be of big help you. Email me if you're interested and I'll get a list together for you.

You'll find that hospital transcription is waaaaay more interesting than clinic!

If I don't hear from you, good luck! Working for a hospital is the way to go these days. Good for you!

I used Stedman's when working in Meditech, but I would type in Word and
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Get a Stedman's Ortho & Rehab word book, . . .
and you can check.  Put them into your word Expander correctly (capped or not), and you won't have to try to remember which tests are and aren't capped.  :)
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The Latest Word was a waste. Stedman's might have monthly updates on their site, not sure. nm
Everytime you re-load Word you need to re-load Stedmans medical spellchecker.
Stedman's Med Dictionary and Stedman's Med Spell checker are two different programs. Which on

do you have?  If it is the medical dictionary, as far as I know it is only a reference software and can't be used as a spell checker.

If you have the spell checker, go into Word.  Click on Tools, Options, and then Spelling & Grammar tab.  Then click on the Custom Dictionaries button about half way down the window.  This will open a new window that lists your available dictionaries and one should be checked.  Mine is checked next CUSTOM.DIC (DEFAULT).  There is an ADD button to the right.  If you click it, you will be able to browse for your custom dictionary. 

Hope that helps.

Drake & Drake/Saunders Pharm Words 2008 is out.
I have only used Stedman's. What are some differences in Dorland's and Stedman's?
It's not a MEDICAL spellchecker. You have to convince them to add the medical spellchecker.
unless you feel like adding 10,000 medical terms on your own time LOL
I have always used Steadman's (provided by employer), but had to buy one for an IC job.  I got Dorland's spellchecker free with the purchase of a Dorland's dictionary (less than $50).  I find it to be similar to Steadman's and thrilled that I didn't have to spend $100+.  I am not sure if they are still offering this software free, but worth checking into (I bought the 30th edition about a year ago).   
It does have a its own Spellchecker...

I have worked in several different Meditech systems.  They all had spellcheckers and you can even add words (new medicines). 


I am managing 10 copy editors at a pharmaceutical company. I am going to get a med/pharm/?vet spellchecker and would be interested in opinions on the best one.

I am leaning heavily towards Stedman's or Spellex as both offer quarterly updates.

Your opinions would be appreciated.



I have the same problem and was wondering the same thing!
I work in Meditech/Word and my spellchecker is shift F9 for sure. Has worked for 3 years as shift F9.
I need to purchase a medical spellchecker.  Which one is the best one to get?
I don't know about the spellchecker
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I use Dorland's. I just bought the newest edition of the dictionary which comes with the spellchecker cd. Up-to-date and easy to install.
If you had to purchase a medical spellchecker for your computer, which brand would you buy and where are good prices for them?
need spellchecker

HI my computer crashed three days ago. I have a new computer and desperately need a spellchecker. spent money on new computer.  Does anyone have Stedmans or Spellex they would be willing to remote to me?


new to mt - need a spellchecker and wav pedal

i've heard spellex is good. anyone have any experience with this program. all my friends seem to love it.

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tia all!

A spellchecker is the backbone (sm)
of what you do. Do not take shortcuts on this. Save money elsewhere.
Can you use a different spellchecker with Bayscribe? nm
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I am an independent contractor with a company which utilizes Bayscribe for transcription. Recently, I have been receiving feedback that I have been sending reports with spelling/typo errors. It turns out that the spellchecker which is programmed as part of Bayscribe has a long list of words which are misspelled which will pass as correct! I spent a lot of time one day programming all the incorrect words in the spellchecker as "treat as misspelled." Unfortunately, once I log off Bayscribe the spellchecker cancels out my instructions and the words once again pass through as correct. This is extremely annoying to say the least! It is my understanding that the programmer refuses to fix this. I was wondering if anyone else had come across this problem and if so, what you did to fix it. Currently, I am copying my report into Word and running my Stedman's spellcheck on it.

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And there is a medical spellchecker
at most places (yes, I've worked places there was not and every medical term had to be added meticulously to the regular spellchecker. I've also worked places where the spellchecker had many, many errors in it, so keep that possibility in mind. Be ever so careful about adding terms, be they MD names or new drugs or whatever.

Use a program like ShortHand to help you with words you chronically misspell and common phrases, even if they are just English phrases. There are tricks. For instance, type ecoli and have it change to E. coli. But have some special ending (I use j) to add to it to make it spell out this tricky bacteria in full, properly capitalized. Do you think I remember each time the right way to type HER-2/neu ? No, I just type h2n and the above pops up for me. Plenty of tricks available for the trickiest terms.
You NEED the spellchecker. Go stedmans.com and get