0Spell Checker - Spelling PoliceInstall a spellchecker for your browser

Let me start with an admission: I’m one of those pedants on Facebook who likes to correct your spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Some of you will think this is perfectly reasonable, whilst others will probably want an explanation.  If you are one of the latter read on.

The simple fact is that as a social species our existence depends on communication, the clearer the better.  When their only contact with you is virtual other people will make judgements about you based on what is available to them – including your SPG.  I correct spellings on Facebook for 2 reasons: 1. because I’m a teacher so it’s a habit; 2. because with modern web-browsers there is quite simply no excuse for incorrect spelling.  So, to help everyone, here is a quick guide to enabling an automatic ‘Microsoft word like” spell-checker in your web-browser…

A quick note – I speak “the original” English, so this guide is for British English, but it is equally applicable to other languages.  This guide is also aimed at users of Windows, although options may well be similar in other OSes



It’s built-in!  However, if it isn’t working, check the settings…

  • Click on the icon with 3 horizontal lines at the top right
  • Select ‘settings’
  • Click on “+ Show advanced settings” at the bottom of the page
  • Scroll down to the “Languages” section
  • Click on “Languages and spellchecker settings…”
  • Ensure “English (United Kingdom)” is highlighted
  • Ensure “Enable spellchecking” is ticked

Internet explorer

  • Install Speckie
  • Load Internet Explorer
  • If you get a prompt “The ‘Speckie’ add-on from ‘Versoworks Pty Ltd’ is ready for use.” click “Enable”
  • In the address bar enter “about:speckie”
  • Click “Get more dictionaries”
  • Click on the link to “English Great Britain”
  • Click “Open”
  • Click “OK”
  • Close Internet Explorer
  • Reload Internet Explorer
  • In the address bar enter “about:speckie”
  • Untick “English (United States)”
  • Click Apply
  • Close Internet Explorer
  • Reload Internet Explorer


  • Right click on a misspelled word in a form
  • Go down to “Spelling and grammar”
  • Select “Show spelling and grammar”
  • In the pull-down menu at the bottom select “British English”
  • Close the mini window
  • When a word is misspelled (shown with the red line) double click on it to highlight it, then right click for correction options.  The correction options don’t appear on some forms, e.g. google search, which implement their own suggestions.



  • Right click on a misspelled word
  • Scroll down to “dictionaries”
  • Select “Add/remove dictionaries…”
  • Tick “English (UK)”
  • Click “Next”
  • Tick “Accept license”
  • Click “Next”
  • Select “English (UK) [en-GB]” as the default dictionary
  • Click Finish

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