Not all Windows applications have built-in spell checking feature. If you want to add spell checking to those applications, tinySpell is there for help.
tinySpell is a free Windows application that sits in the System Tray and enables spell checking feature in all applications and text copied in Clipboard. tinySpell also has a paid version with additional features.
After installing the application, you will see a new icon in the System Tray (the small tray in the bottom-right corner, which contains date, network icon, volume icon, etc.). Right-click on the tinySpell icon in the System Tray to open its menu. It’s a nice idea to make changes to its “Settings” to suit your needs. Modifying the ” Spelling Tip” option to display large fonts makes it easier to read the spelling error tip.
Using the “Applications” option in the menu, you can:
- Create a list of applications that tinySpell will not monitor
- Create a list of applications that tinySpell will monitor
If you have any word, for example a name or a foreign language word, that you would like to add to tinySpell’s dictionary, you can do that by clicking on the “Dictionary” option in the tinySpell menu.
When you just want to check the correct spelling of a word, you can do that via “ Open Spelling Window” option. It will open up a separate Spelling Window where you can type the word and check the correct spelling. The word turns red if its wrong. Clicking on the check mark button in the Spelling Window will open a drop-down list with suggested spellings for the word. Click on the appropriate listing if you intend to copy and paste the word.
If you open Notepad now and start typing. tinySpell will alert you when you type an incorrect spelling. It will also make an alert sound along with showing a pop-up if tinySpell thinks a word has been misspelled. The System Tray icon will also change to a yellow colour. You can access the list of suggested spellings by either left clicking on the pop-up or the System Tray icon. Clicking on the correct spelling in the drop-down list of suggested spellings automatically replaced the misspelled word with it. If the word is correctly spelled abbreviation or name or foreign-language word, you can select “Add to dictionary”.
tinySpell also monitors file names when you try to save the document.
If your favourite app does not have built-in spell checking, tinySpell will definitely be a very helpful addition to your Windows system. It also has a portable version, so you can carry it on your USB drive to any PC.