Add Words To Your Dictionary As You Go

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 04:22 PM – Tips and Hints

When you type in words that should be in your Spell Checker’s dictionary you can quickly add them. Goodness knows I run into this all the time with a last name of Gravley. All the spell checker programs want to change it to Gravely since that is a recognized word. I’m sure that there are many others out there who have the same kind of problem.

In fact what reminded me to include this tip was listening to an interview of the actor Liev Schreiber who said he bought a Mac because Microsoft kept automatically changing his name from Liev to Live every time he typed it. Don’t you just love it.

Anyhow, this is very easy to do. If you have a one button mouse, hold down the control key and click on the word. If you have a two button mouse, right click on the word. A contextual menu will open. Choose Learn Spelling from the menu.

That’s all there is to it, but it will save you hours of time. Well, unless you are using Microsoft. This trick doesn’t work in Microsoft. In Microsoft you have to click on the word, choose Tools > Spelling & Grammar > Add Word.

It’s Microsoft. Everything takes 3 extra steps.


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