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Add Spell Checking to Internet Explorer

Would you like to add spell checking to Internet Explorer and/or IE-based alternative browsers? With ieSpell you can get access to this missing feature in your browser.

About ieSpell

While ieSpell may seem like a small simple program, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Such as IE-based alternative browser support and integration with Microsoft Office’s proofing tools.


Using ieSpell

The installation process for ieSpell goes very quickly and you will be presented with the following information when finished. Notice the note regarding use in IE-based alternative browsers.

Note: The program will install to its’ own Program Files folder.


We decided to use the toolbar button but the tools & context menu entries work just as well.


For our example we chose to misspell the word “lot” in the comment shown here. Once you have entered your text and are ready to check it, use one of the three access methods to activate ieSpell. While having to manually activate ieSpell may bother some people it does give you the chance to finish writing out your thoughts without interruption.


Depending on the misspelled word the first suggestion may or may not be the one that you need. However you will have a nice list of suggestions to scroll through to find the appropriate spelling. Notice the link for checking a word/spelling that you may be unfamiliar with…a very nice feature. When you have the correct spelling selected click Change to enter it into the text area.


Once the text has been completely checked for spelling errors you will see the following confirmation window.


Much better!



ieSpell comes with a nice set of options that will remind you of Microsoft Office. The Others Category even lets you choose the online dictionary that you would like to use to look up words. You can also edit the list of available dictionaries as needed to suit your needs.



While ieSpell may not auto check for spelling as you type, getting access to this missing IE feature is much better than having no spell check available at all.


Download ieSpell

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/23/10

Comments (8)

  1. Mike

    It’s about time! I love the way EVERY app on the Mac has spellcheck.

    No more Google Toolbar Spell Check for me!!!

  2. Bryn_OfficeTeam

    This is a great walkthrough explaining how to use ieSpell. This tool can be very handy and I am sure many users would find it handy!

    We took forward to your contributions on the IE Facebook page!

    Thank you for your continual posts on features in IE!

    IE Outreach Team

  3. Kyler IE Outreach

    Great post! Users are always asking for a good IE spell checking add-on, i’ll be sure to refer them here!

    IE Outreach

  4. Frank

    Yes I was stuck on older 2006 and it’s been terrific with website msg board checks. Used to go to their site to see if upgrade. But none in ’07 till later. So gave up checking. Would get bit of grief now
    and then. Looks like fixed a few things like the leak & big files.
    Thanks mucho for pointing to this great item. Separates pros from hacks.

  5. Walter

    Why would any one keep using IE? I stoped using it 2 yeasr ago while on XP, I got a new computer with W7 and tried IE again but its only got worse! So slow, no spellcheck, and so confusing ADD ons and BING! (its just so bad at searching)
    I reraly hope MS gets back to basics one day. KISS keep it simple Silly.

    See you in another 2 years.

  6. Rann

    ieSpell for Internet Explorer 9 does not properly work. I would avoid this add on.

  7. Peter Lesperance

    Well I can tell you I was not using IE and using Firefox but I have found that Firefox is so slow with some webpages that I am so frusterated that I tried IE again and it is so much faster then firefox and there are so many sites I goto that won’t work with google chrome or firefox so that’s why I want spellcheck for IE so I can use it instead of those other browsers that just don’t work.

  8. Anon

    Or just switch to a better web browser where it’s already integrated and on by default.. *Cough* Firefox *Cough*

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