Posted by : Abdul Munaf Thursday, September 26, 2013


Proper spelling is more than a courtesy; it’s also a sign of intelligence and good education.
These days, you don’t actually need to know how to spell to make a good impression. If you’re smart enough, you’ll just use one of the many free spell-check tools, some of which can also correct your grammar. And by paying a little attention to the corrections these tools make.

The Situation In Chrome

Chrome comes with a native spell-checker, which should be enabled by default. The dictionary is typically set to the language of your operating system, but you can add and switch between multiple languages. This spell checker also offers an advanced version that uses the Google search spell-checking technology. This, however, involves routing your text through Google’s servers. So let’s see all the options in detail.


Enable Chrome’s Native Spell-Checker

To enable or disable spell-checking, click the Chrome menu button in the top right on the browser toolbar. Select Settings and at the bottom click Show advanced settings. Scroll down to Languages and click the Language and input settings… button.
Chrome Languages
Notice that you can also enable or disable page translations.
At the bottom of the Languages settings menu, you can check a box to Enable spell checking. Next to that option is a link to your Custom spelling dictionary, which lets you add words to the default dictionary used by Chrome. This is where you can add names and things you frequently use and know how to spell better than Google does.
Chrome Languages Settings

Add Additional Languages To The Chrome Spell-Checker

If you often type in another language than the default language of your operating system or Chrome, you can add different languages (dictionaries) to Chrome, such as English (United Kingdom) or Spanish. Click the Add button in the bottom left of theLanguages settings window, choose the language from the drop-down menu and clickDone.
Add Language To Chrome

Using The Spell-Checker In Chrome

So now you have enabled the spell-checker and added the languages you use. The question is, how does Chrome know when to spell-check and which language to use?
By default, Chrome spell-checks words in all text fields, however, you can easily and temporarily turn it off or make sure it’s turned on. At the same time, you can also change the language (dictionary) Chrome is using. Right-click into a text field and choose Spell-checker options from the menu. In the options menu, make sure theCheck the spelling of text fields is checked and choose the appropriate language.
Spell Check Text Field In Chrome
In the example above I typed some German words, which were promptly marked as badly spelled as Chrome was using the English dictionary. After I set Chrome to German and clicked the line of text, the red underlining disappeared.
Note that Chrome (unlike Firefox) doesn’t automatically spell-check long texts you open. It will spell check everything as you type though, if spell check is enabled. To process a long text, for example when opening a post in WordPress, you have to click each paragraph to initiate Chrome’s spell-check for that paragraph.

Finding The Right Spelling

When you see a word that is marked as misspelled and can’t think of the right spelling for the life of you, right-click the word and see what Chrome suggests. In most cases, this will resolve the issue. In the example below, however, I purposely misspelled laugh as lauhg; a simple typo. Unfortunately, Chrome’s suggestions are pretty much useless.
Chrome Spell Suggestions
This is where Google’s advanced search features can be helpful.

Ask Google For Suggestions

Via the spell-checker options menu shown above, you can also Ask Google for suggestions, which will enable the spell-check technology used for Google search.
Google Search Did You Mean
The suggestions for the example above suddenly look like this:
Google Suggestions

Quickly Add Words To Your Custom Dictionary

As mentioned above, you have a custom dictionary that you can fill with words you frequently use and know how to spell better than Chrome or Google does. Rather than going through the settings menu, you can right-click on the word and select theAdd to dictionary option from the top of the menu.
Add To Dictionary In Chrome
It’s a little disconcerting that Chrome’s only suggestion for how to “properly” spell MakeUseOf is Masseuse and Google has nothing to add to that. You would think they would know better!
Note that your custom dictionary is always enabled, regardless of which language you select.

Alternative Spell Checkers For Chrome

If you need a great spell-checker for Gmail, try exAutoCorrect for GMail. It’s better than Chrome’s in that it can automatically correct your bad spelling as you type and even fixes things like capitalizing words following a period. The tool recognizes around 700 common typos.
Auto Correct Spelling In Gmail
How Do you Spell-Check and Proofread?
The best spell & grammar checker will always be a human, aided by technology. Technology often isn’t smart enough to understand the context and thus may offer funny words. By asking Google for suggestions, however, you will get close to perfect corrections.
How do you ensure proper spelling and grammar? Do let us know in the comments which tools or techniques you use!

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