How To Find a Spell Checker in Google Chrome

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One of the features that I really missed in Google’s Chrome, was a spell checker. My native language is Spanish, but I write Lingua Franca in English in an effort to reach a broader audience. In order to avoid spelling errors and unnecessary typos, I depend heavily on spell checkers, both in Spanish and English. Chrome has none, or that is what I thought.

Yesterday I found out that Chrome has included a built-in spell-checker in almost any language you can think of. This spell checker automatically checks what you’re typing into web forms and text fields, very similar to the one used by Firefox and Flock.

To choose the language for your spell-checker dictionary, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click the Tools menu tools menu.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Click the Minor Tweaks tab.
  4. Click the Change font and language settings button.
  5. In the ‘Fonts and Languages’ dialog box, click the Languages tab.
  6. Select your preference in the the ‘Spell-checker language’ drop-down menu.
  7. Click the OK button for the ‘Fonts and Languages’ dialog box.
  8. Click the Close button for the ‘Google Chrome Options’ dialog box.

P.S. It may take a few minutes to download the selected dictionary and for the updated setting to take place. Currently, you cannot add custom word entries to the spell-checker or turn off the feature. Good Day!


8 thoughts on “How To Find a Spell Checker in Google Chrome”

  1. Th path to find this has changed. Now it’s in:

    – Options
    – Under the Hood
    – Change font and language settings (under the Web Content category)
    – Languages

    add your language in the top part to correctly see pages in that language and also select it from the “Spell-checker language” drop-down box.


  2. Google Chrome’s spell checker needs a lot of improvement. Often if I misspell a word just by one letter, ONE LETTER, it suggests a totally different word that clearly is not the word I was looking for.

    Google Chrome needs the same spell check ability as its search engine.

  3. Hear, Hear. Goog does things it’s own way which is rarely the correct way. Why couldn’t there have been a spell checker install in the options menu? Why confuse everybody to be fashionable? As with everything else, I spent a lot of time trying to find out if it even existed. Still don’t know if it loaded or not. As with all things Chrome no follow through that lets you know you did things right. Pathetic, Microsoft had it all right in the first place, Goog could learn something from that in lieu of trying to be the know all. of all. LETS GET BACK TO SIMPLE.

  4. The google toolbar has a great spell checker. But you have to use IE. Google doesn’t make a google tool bar for google chrome. One point for Bill.

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