Checking Spelling

You can check the spelling of your document content and, optionally, code syntax. This section provides instructions for configuring and using the spell checker.

Configuring the spell checker

This section describes how to configure your spell checker to best meet your needs.

To set spell checker options:

  1. Open the Options > Settings > Spelling pane to view Spell Check options.

  2. In the Main Dictionaries box, select every dictionary that you want to use. By default, dictionaries for American English and HTML are installed.
  3. In the User Dictionary box, accept the default entry or specify an alternate location and text file to supplement the main dictionaries. For more information, see "About the user dictionary".
  4. In the Options box, select every option that you need.

    For a description of each option, see "About spell checker options".

  5. Set the maximum number of suggestions that the spell checker generates for a misspelling. This affects the number of suggestions that appear when you open the Spell Check dialog box or right-click a marked spelling error.

    This option is only available if you select Mark Spelling Errors in the Options box.

  6. Click Apply.

About the user dictionary

You cannot add or delete words from the main dictionaries, but you can add or delete words from a custom user dictionary that supplements the main dictionaries. By default, this user dictionary is contained in a file called userdct.txt, which is located in the UserData folder underneath the application root directory.

To use a different user dictionary:

  1. In the Options > Settings > Spelling pane, in the User Dictionary box, type or browse to an alternative location and file.

    If you specify a file that does not exist, it is created when you first add a word to the user dictionary.

  2. Click Apply.

To use the same user dictionary as with Microsoft Office:

  1. Locate a file called Custom.dic file on your computer.

    This file is installed with Microsoft Word or another Microsoft Office application.

  2. In the Options > Settings > Spelling pane, in the User Dictionary box, type or browse to the absolute path of the Custom.dic file.
  3. Click Apply.

To modify the user dictionary, do either of the following:

About spell checker options

This table describes the options that you can select to customize the spell checker:
Result when selected
Case sensitive checking
Treats different capitalizations of the same word as different words
State is different from state
Ignore domain names
Skips words which appear to be part of a domain name
Ignore HTML markup
Skips text that is enclosed in tag brackets
width in <hr width="75%">
Ignore words in all capitals
Skips words that are in all capitals
Ignore words with digits
Skips words containing digits
Win2K and Y2K
Ignore words with initial capitals
Skips words starting with a capital letter
Jackie Chan
Ignore words with mixed case letters
Skips words which contain unusual mixed capitalization
USoA, THen
Ignore words with non-alphabetic characters
Skips words which contain characters other than alphabetic letters
Porsche 911
Perform OEM conversion
Translates Windows ANSI characters to the currently installed OEM character set
Correctly identifies Chinese characters on a Windows system that uses a Chinese keyboard
Recheck misspelled words as separate smaller words
Splits a misspelled word into two or more smaller words and recheck the spelling
breakpoint becomes break and point
Report duplicate consecutive words
Flags duplicate words that appear next to each other, and allow you to delete the repeated word from the Spelling dialog box
the the
Strip possessives
Ignores the possessive suffix of a word
user's is checked as user
Suggest split words
Suggests two correct words in place of one incorrect word
Suggests Web page for webpage
Suggest words that "sound" similar
Suggests replacements for a misspelling based on phonetic patterns
Suggests selling for celing
Suggest words that are spelled similarly
Suggests replacements for a misspelling based on typographical similarity
Suggests cling for celing
Treat contracted (apostrophe-separated) words as separate smaller words
Checks each word that is separated by an apostrophe as a separate word
For quell'anno, checks quell and anno separately
Treat hyphenated words as separate smaller words
Checks each word in a hyphenation as a separate word
For double-click, checks double and click separately

Using the spell checker

You can mark spelling errors in the current document, run the spell checker against the current document, or run the spell checker against all open documents.

To spell check, do any of the following: