If you use Wordpad regularly, you need Wordpad’s excellent spell checker. Here is how to enable spell checking in Wordpad on Windows 10 and 11.
No matter how fluent you are in English, it is quite normal to have spelling errors in your writing.
It is very common for a sentence to be misspelled, even if you are fluent in English, i.e. you either do not know how to spell the word or you typed it incorrectly.
In general, most programs and browsers, such as Word, have their own spell checker programs to deal with this problem. If you use the Wordpad application regularly and need a decent spell checker, it is nice to be able to add this feature.
If you are unsure, follow these steps to command spell check in Wordpad (and Notepad).
Command spell check in Wordpad
To add spell check to Wordpad, we will use a free and lightweight application called tinySpell. This application works not only with Wordpad, but with the entire Windows system, i.e., with any application. Simply put, tinySpell acts as a system-wide spell checker.
Note: The free version of tinySpell supports English (US) only. For other languages, you will need to purchase the Plus version for $15 USD.
First, download tinySpell from the official website and install it like any other Windows application. If you do not want to install the application, the developer also offers a portable version that works the same way. Download it instead.
After installation, launch the application from the desktop shortcut or Start menu.
Once launched, the tinySpell application will appear silently in your taskbar until you need it. In the background, it actively searches for spelling errors.
Then launch Wordpad and start typing. If there is a misspelling, you will hear a beep and tinySpell will display red text over the incorrect word.
To correct a misspelling, click on the red text or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + ;. A list of correct words will appear. If you select the correct spelling, the misspelled word will be replaced by the correct spelling you selected.
Setting up spell checking in Wordpad
tinySpell is a lightweight and simple application, but it offers a variety of settings to suit your needs. For example, you can change the shortcut to display a list of correct spellings, or change the misspelling warnings.
To display the tinySpell settings window, right-click on the tinySpell application icon and select the [ Settings ] option. The nice thing about this configuration window is that all the configurable options are on one page and can be changed with a few mouse clicks.
For example, to prevent tinySpell from beeping every time it encounters an error, uncheck the “Beep on error” box. If desired, the beep can be custom changed. Select the “From File” option, click the “Open” button, and select the appropriate sound file.
Like a good spell checker, the app may highlight correct words as misspelled. There are many reasons for this, including regional differences, industry-specific terms, and lesser-known abbreviations.
To do this, right click on the tinySpell icon and select the ” Dictionary ” option.
Type the word in the box above and click the ” Add ” button to add the word to the dictionary.
If desired, you can configure tinySpell to run only on certain applications or to ignore certain applications. In other words, you can add a list of applications to enable or disable. Right click on the tinySpell icon and select ” Applications “.
To prevent tinySpell from working with a specific application, select ” Disabled “. To make tinySpell work only with selected applications, select “Disabled”. Next, add the application using the ” Add ” button.
That’s it. As you can see, it is relatively easy to enable spell checking in Wordpad, albeit using a third-party application
YouTube video: Wordpad Spell Check in Windows 10 and 11