If you are a Microsoft Office user, you get the spell checker in-built in its tools like MS Word, MS Powerpoint, or MS Excel. However, most people do not prefer using MS Office tools for various reasons like it does not fit their budget, does not have functions they require, incompatibility with the system, and other reasons.
Other than MS Word, the other most common text editors used by Windows 10 users are WordPad and Notepad. They both are part of Windows for a long time. Both are powerful editors, especially Wordpad, which is considered as a great alternative to MS Word. However, they lack many features, and that’s why they are less popular among many. One such main feature they miss is the spell checker.
In this guide, we would discuss how you can perform a spell check in the Wordpad and other Windows 10 native or third-party editors like Notepad, Notepad++, and others.
Does Wordpad have a Spell Checker?
Wordpad is the in-built easy to use text editing application of Windows 10, which can be used to create and edit the document (.doc) files. Unlike Notepad, Wordpad comes with more features and a better User Interface. That gives you the feeling of Microsoft Office Word. However, it still lacks many advanced features as compared to the MS Word. Surprisingly it does not have a spell checker too.
If you are a regular Wordpad user and badly want spell checker, there is a way you can get that.
How to enable Spell Check in Wordpad?
To enable the spell check in the Wordpad and other text editors, you can add a free and lightweight third party program known as tinySpell.
tinySpell is a freeware that is designed to perform the spell check in all of the Windows applications, including the Notepad and Wordpad. It also alerts you and offers suggestions for spelling mistakes while you are renaming a file or searching for something. Additionally, it works on windows search and file explorer as well.
Although its basic English version is free, you need to buy the plus version of tinSpell that costs $15 for including spelling check for other languages.
Let us see how to enable tinySpell in Windows 10.
Download tinySpell from its official site. It comes with both an installer and a portable version.
Install it like you install any other Windows 10 application if you have downloaded the installer.
Launch it from its executable (.exe) file.
Once you double-click on its icon to launch it, it would run in the background and activate when a spelling mistake is detected.
For testing it, open the Wordpad and start typing a sample text.
tinySpell would alert you with a beep sound and red text over the wrong spelled word.
To rectify the spelling mistake, you can either click on the red text or press Ctrl+;. You would get a list of suggestions to choose the correct word. Replace the right word with the incorrect one.
tinySpell Customization Options
Though tinySpell is a simple and straightforward application, it has a number of customization options to play with. Follow these steps to customize tinySpell according to your preference.
- Right-click on the tinySpell icon in the taskbar and choose Settings.
- A settings window would be opened that contains all the options to customize tinySpell.
- There may be some words that you use frequently, but spell checkers recognize them as incorrect. You can add those words in the Dictionary of tinySpell. Right-click on its icon in the taskbar and choose Dictionary.
- Type the word that you want to add and click on the Add button.
- MS Word and many browsers already come with their own spell checkers, and much other application does not require a spell check. Therefore, you may want tinySpell to work only on specific applications like Wordpad or Notepad. You can do so right-click on its icon in the taskbar and select Applications.
- Choose Disabled bullet point and click on Add to add applications on which you want tinySpell enabled.
- Choose the programs from the list and click OK.
- You can also choose Enabled and add the programs on which you don’t wish to allow tinySpell.
So, this is how you can use the spell checker application on your Windows 10 device. The tinySpell app is low in size but highly productive, accurate, and customizable. Moreover, it is free and does not use much RAM even after continuously running in the background.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.