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Using Spell Checker in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Uncategorized, Using The Internet

Lynda from Missouri asks:

I am having trouble getting spell check to work in Internet Explorer on my e-mail. Can you help me with this?

How to Find and Use a Spell Checker for Internet Explorer

The problem with Internet Explorer is that there is no spell checking tool installed by default and users find it very difficult to spell check their email messages or any other web document. Other browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera have spell checking enabled but when it comes to Internet Explorer, you have no other choice than using a third party application.

Consider an example – you are using Internet Explorer and have typed a long email message. You want to proofread the email before sending and see whether there are any grammatical errors on spelling, punctuations or spacing. You have to copy the entire message, paste it in a Word document and then spell check using the Microsoft Word spell checker.

When the spell check is complete and you have fixed all the mistakes, you have to copy the message from the Word document, and paste it in your email message.

This is extremely time consuming and if you have dozens of email or documents to proofread, it’s recommended to use a spell checker add-on in Internet Explorer.

How to Install the Spell Checker Add-on in Internet Explorer

Just click here for the download.

Hit the Download Now button and the IE Spell add-on will start downloading on your computer.


If you see no downloads for a moment, do not close the browser window. You may see a notification at the bottom of Internet explorer, as shown below:


Click Save and Run.

The Download will start. Do not close Internet explorer now, because this will close all downloads.

When the downloads have finished, hit Control + J and you will see the following Internet explorer window:


Hit the Run button to start the installation wizard.

Follow the instructions of the Installation wizard to install the IE-Spell add-on. The instructions are pretty straight forward, remember to select the proper installation path in your operating system partition:


When the installation is complete, close Internet Explorer and restart.

Click Tools and select IE Spell options, as shown in the following image:


This will open a small window where you can define the settings for the spell checker to work. You can choose or ignore any of the options below.


From the Language and Dictionaries tab you can add custom dictionaries or words in the spell checking options. The default dictionaries and languages included are English (UK), English (Canada) and English (U.S)

Go to the Others tab and select the option to show the add-on in Internet Explorer right click context menu. This will be useful when you want to quickly spell check an email or a document from the right click menu and do not have to pull the Tools dropdown from the Internet Explorer Menu bar.


Click OK and you are done with the settings.

Now open an email message or a web document you want to check or proofread, right click and choose Check spelling


This will immediately open the IE Spell checking option window which will contain all the spelling suggestions, as shown below:


Using the Spelling Suggestions in IE Spell Checker

Using the tool is fairly simple because the extension will show the correct spelling in the Replace with text box. All you have to do is hit the Change All button and all the misspelled words will automatically be corrected.

You can further choose to ignore some words which are not included in the dictionary. The extension works with all versions of Internet Explorer (except Internet explorer 9). You can install the extension in Window XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

~Amit Banerjee

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