Spelling is a detail nobody notices until it’s wrong. Perfectly spelled words slide right by but written communication filled with typos is harder to read. It makes people doubt your attention to detail, your dependability and even your intelligence.
In the modern age of text messaging, email, Facebook posts, and Twitter we’re communicating with the written word more and more, and most of that communication is happening instantly online. In this fast-paced environment spell checking is more important than ever.
Fortunately, most modern web browsers come with tools that can check spelling and help make you look smart, even if you got knocked out of the grammar school spelling bee in round one.
Spell check in Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the three dot icon in the top right of the the screen.
- In the menu that pops up, click “settings”
- Scroll to bottom and click “show advanced settings”
- You’ll see a list of headings with smaller text and buttons underneath each one
- Find languages and click the button that says “Language and input settings”
- A window will pop up. At the bottom of the wind you’ll see a check box (circled in red below) that says “Enable spell checking.” Click the box to add a checkmark
- Click “Done”
Spell check in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge
- Close your web browser so you’re looking at the desktop of your computer
- In the Search Bar at the bottom of your screen type “typing”
- This will bring up the best match of “Typing Settings”
- Click “Typing Settings”
- Make sure the slider bar for “highlight misspelled words” is switched to “on”
Spell check in Firefox
In firefox, spellchecking is automatic for any text box containing more than one line, but if you find it’s turned off and want to turn it on again follow these instructions:
- Click the menu button. It looks like three lines
- Choose Options/Preferences
- Select “advanced”
- Click the “General” tab
- Check “check my spelling as I type”
Using spellcheck in web browsers
In all of these web browsers, misspelled words will be underlined in red. To correct a misspelled word, right click the word. This will bring up a menu with suggested corrections. Simply click the word you meant to use and your browser will delete the misspelled word and use your selection in its place.