Have you ever wanted to spell-check some text but didn’t want to have to open Microsoft Word? tinySpell has your back. It’s a great little utility that adds spell-checking functionality to any application. We take a closer look at how it works in this review.
First things first, you can grab the free version of tinySpell from here, or the trial version of tinySpell+ from here. This review is based on the trial which has a few extra nifty features such as a spelling tip with a list of correct spelling options, the possibility of adding to its dictionary and capitalisation errors. For the full feature listing, see the end of this article.
Note: If you’re going to use the trial version, you’ll need to right-click on the system tray icon and click “Unlock…” in order to get 30 minutes of usability.
After you install the tinySpell it automatically runs and sits in your system tray. Using it is really as simple as opening an application – any application – and starting to type. As you can see in the screenshot below, as soon as I typed in an incorrectly spelt word in notepad, it popped up a little box showing the incorrectly spelt word in red, and a best guess correction next to it.
If you click on the best guess correction, you can select the right solution from the list. Alternatively you can right-click on the best guess correction to instantly replace the word with that correction – or you can press the right-Shift key to do the same thing.
Another way of using tinySpell is through the clipboard. In Windows 7 & Windows Vista you will need to ensure that tinySpell is not hidden in the system tray to make best use of this feature. To do this, click the little arrow in the system tray as per the screenshot below and select customize.
In the window that comes up, find tinySpell and change the dropdown box next to it to say “Show icon and notifications”.
This will ensure you can always see the tinySpell icon. Now, the reason this is important is when you wish to check the clipboard for spelling errors. So let’s test it out. I copied the same text as shown previously to the clipboard (“The lzay fox jumped over the dog”). A little ding sound played, and the tinySpell icon changed from white to yellow. If you mouseover the icon, you can see the spelling error it detected, as shown in the screenshot below.
Even better, you can click on the icon and it will bring up a box showing you what is currently in the clipboard and the errors it has detected. You can fix them in here and it will update your copied text. Couldn’t be easier!
If you’re looking for a neat little utility that can enhance the way you work with text in Windows, look no further. tinySpell is a great little utility and the price of entry is free. If you like the application and want to make use of its extra features support its creator by purchasing the full version for the small price of $10.
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