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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