How To Add Spell Checking Support to Internet Explorer 9

One of the cool features included by default in modern browsers is Spell Checking. For some reason it’s not available by default in IE 9 (or any version of IE for that matter). Here we take a look at a free download that will add a spell checking feature to Internet Explorer.

1. As you probably already know, browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome feature a Spell Checking feature by default. Here are examples of leaving a comment on Simple Help using Firefox and Chrome.

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2. Unfortunately it’s not available in IE…at least not yet. Hopefully Microsoft will come out with an update for it.

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3.Until it or when it becomes available, download and install the free utility Speckie. Installation is straight-forward following the wizard.

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4. It’s built on the MS Visual C++ program language and will require the 2008 Redistributable to be installed.

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5. After Speckie has finished installation, close out of IE 9 and re-launch it. You’ll see the add-on is ready to use…click the Enable button.

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6. Now when you type into IE 9 you’ll have the benefit of real-time spell checking.

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7. Like with most spell checking utilities, you can add words to the dictionary if you know they’re correct, but Speckie sees them as misspelled.

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8. Right-click on a misspelled word and you can get suggestions to other spellings or add more global dictionaries from their site.

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9. There are several different dictionaries available, so hopefully you’ll find the one you need.

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If you would like a spell checking feature in Internet Explorer 9, Speckie is a good way to add that functionality to older versions of IE as well.

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