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Tiny Spell – Free Spell Checker for Windows

by Rono 12 July 2009 2 Comments

This is a guest post written by Rono, a freeware fan and a faithful reader of this blog.

Firefox, Word, Thunderbird and several other applications all have a built in spell checker that warns the user if a word that was written was not found in the dictionary file. There is however no general spell checker in Windows which means that users have to write their texts in programs that have a spell checker and copy paste them into the software that has none. Or they could write their texts without spell checking.

Both methods are not really practicable. The author of the freeware program called Tiny Spell seemed to have the same thoughts and decided to create a software that would work as an universal spell checker in Windows using the least amount of resources possible.

tinyspell screenshot

Tiny Spell checks all words typed in Windows against an English-American dictionary with more than 110000 words. This is done on the fly and the program plays a sound and changes its icon in the system tray whenever it discovers a word that seems to be spelled wrong.

The clipboard is monitored as well. It is then possible to take a look at the suggestions by either clicking on the icon in the system tray or pressing a hotkey that lists suggestions. The selected word can optionally be automatically copied to the clipboard or pasted into the document of the misspelled word.

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  • Tom said:

    I have used this program for years and find it just great. It finds my intended word twice as often as the built in spell checkers of many of the programs I use.
    The latest version has a new quirk where it treats a line-feed followed by a properly spelled word as an misspelled word. I have tried to find a way to make a feedback to the creator, but have not found a link.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Tom, you can contact the author of the program here: http://tinyspell.m6.net/#contact

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