You may not think that a spell-checker is useful in a browser, but if you use a lot of forms online (for comments, forums, etc.), and you use Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), you may want to install Speckie.
Speckie is a free, add-on for IE9 that provides a real-time spell-checker that looks just like the one available in Chrome or Firefox. It underlines misspelled words you type in a form in your browser, just like Microsoft Word does.
There are other options for adding spell-checking to IE9, such as ieSpell. However, there are a few features unique to Speckie. It is the first and only real-time, dedicated spell checking solution for IE. Speckie can use one or more dictionaries simultaneously (it supports more than 30 different languages) and it is the only spell checker that works with the 64-bit version of IE. You can run Speckie in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, or 9 on Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (32 and 64 bit).
NOTE: IE doesn’t work with browser windows that are pinned to the start menu or taskbar as web apps. This is by design. IE does not load toolbars or extensions like Speckie on pinned sites for security reasons.
Installing Speckie is simple. Simply double-click on the .exe file you downloaded (see download link at the end of this article) and follow the instructions in the setup wizard, clicking Yes on the User Account Control dialog box, if needed.
As you type text into a form in your browser, Speckie checks your spelling in real-time, underlining misspelled words like you see in Microsoft Word.
To correct a word, right-click on the word and select the correct spelling from the popup menu. The misspelled word is automatically replaced with the selected word.
If a word is marked as misspelled, and you use the word often, you can add it to the dictionary. To do this, right-click on the misspelled word and select Add to Dictionary from the popup menu.
There are several settings you can customize in Speckie. To access the Speckie Settings, right-click on any word in a form in the browser (the word does not need to be misspelled) and select Speckie Settings from the popup menu.
The Speckie Settings screen displays on a new tab in IE. Change the desired settings by selecting options from drop-down lists and turning on and off check boxes.
If you want to use dictionaries for other languages, click Get more dictionaries in the Installed Dictionaries box. A web page containing additional language dictionaries displays. Select a dictionary from the drop-down list and click Download. There are instructions for installing the dictionaries on the web page.
Click Apply at the bottom of the Speckie Settings tab to apply your changes. These changes only apply to any new tabs you open in IE9.
If you have added any words to the dictionary, you can edit these entries in the User Dictionaries box on the Speckie Settings tab. Select the dictionary to which you added the word and click Edit. The words you added are listed in the box. To remove any unwanted entries, select an entry and click Remove. Again, be sure to click Apply at the bottom of the tab to apply your changes.
To close the Speckie Settings, click the close (X) button on the Speckie Settings tab, or press Ctrl + W when the tab is active.
Now, you have no excuse for entering typos and misspellings when adding comments on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite blogs, or in forums!
Download Speckie from http://www.speckie.com/dload/.
Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.
- Published 10/5/11