Spell checking is an essential feature for many Internet and computer users, and it has been integrated into nearly every web browser and many other applications that accept text input.
For me, it is one of the essential tools that I do not want to miss, as it helps to avoid many spelling mistakes that I would make otherwise, considering that English is not my native language.
Internet Explorer 9 and earlier do not have spell checking components built-in. Microsoft started to add spell checking capabilities to Internet Explorer 10 and newer only.
Tip: To enable the native spelling correction in Internet Explorer 10 and newer, click on the menu icon in the browser's address bar, and select manage add-ons from the context menu. Click on Spelling Correction under Add-on Types, and check the "Enable spelling correction" box here. You may also want to add spelling dictionaries here as well.
The free Internet Explorer add-on Speckie added spell checking to Internet Explorer, so that users of the browser can benefit from the feature as well.
Internet Explorer spell checker
Speckie 6.0 was released a couple of days ago by Versoworks. It is interesting to note that it is compatible with all recent versions of Internet Explorer, including Internet Explorer 10 and newer, on all versions of Windows but Windows 8.
The installation should not pose any troubles whatsoever. Newer versions of Internet Explorer will display a prompt on the next browser start that acts as an installation confirmation prompt. You need to click on enable to activate the extension and use the spell checking capabilities in Microsoft's web browser.
Speckie works automatically from that moment on. It supports both single line and multi line text fields and will highlight - potential - spelling mistakes with a red underline. Just right-click on it to display the suggestions instead.
If you find one that you want to use, left-click on it and it will replace the current word or phrase in the editor.
Here you find a link to the options of Speckie as well. You can alternatively load about:speckie in the address bar to get there right away.
You can use the preferences to add or remove dictionaries, change the number of suggestions, how spelling errors are highlighted, and if the add-on should check both multi and single line text fields or just one of the two.
Dictionaries can be downloaded form the official Speckie website. It is alternatively possible to add user dictionaries to Speckie.
Changes in version 6.0
Version 6.0 of Speckie adds support for Internet Explorer 11, and improved support for rich editors. Internet Explorer 8 and older users benefit from an update in spell checking functionality as words are no longer tagged with each key stroke made.
It is interesting to note that the non-commercial version of Speckie does not support Windows 8 anymore. The company suggests to use the WinSpell alternative instead which is also available as a non-commercial use version.
If you are using Internet Explorer 9 or earlier, or want to migrate your custom Speckie dictionaries to IE 10 or newer, or prefer how the add-on handles the spell checking, then it is definitely worth the upgrade or installation. It is a lightweight application that does not appear to slow down Internet Explorer a whole lot while it is running.
Note that you need administrative privileges in the non-commercial version to use the spell checker.