Get Word-like auto-correct feature in all Windows applications

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 22, 2013
Updated • May 4, 2013
Software, Windows software

Many programs that contain text editing components ship with a spell checker included that highlight words or phrases that you may have misspelled. Only a few on the other hand come with auto-correct features, and Microsoft Word is probably the most prominent ones in this regard.

Auto-correct as the name implies corrects words or phrases that you mistype automatically and without your doing.

Word Expander is a free program for the Windows operating system that brings Word-like auto-correct to all Windows applications. The program runs silently in the background for the most part and will automatically correct words that you mistype in Windows applications such as Firefox, Notepad or the email client Thunderbird.

Word Expander notices the spelling mistakes and will correct them as soon as you have stopped writing that phrase or word in the program interface.

The program ships without dictionaries though and the first thing that you may want to consider is downloading auto corrections from the free libraries section of the website the program is offered on. It is a simple text file that lists typos and the correction separated by commas and lines from each other. You can add more than 4100 auto-corrections this way to the application or create your own and import them instead. You need to switch to libraries, select AutoCorrect Library from the menu and then the import library button to import the list in to the program.

Multiple libraries can be added to the program, and a small icon next to each library indicates if it is enabled and thus active or not. New entries can be added directly in the Word Expander user interface as well. Just right-click while the cursor is hovering over the right pane and select New Typo. Add the typo on the left and the correction on the right, and repeat the process for new corrections that you want to add to the application.

The software can also be used to insert phrases into applications either with the help of a popup menu or by triggering text abbreviations.

The auto correction alone makes it worthwhile in my opinion, especially if you import a large list of auto-corrections into the application. Note that Word Expander requires the Microsoft .Net Framework.


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  1. said on January 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Oh, excellent!

  2. GK said on April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Neat UI. Thanks Martin for sharing.

    1. chetz said on September 14, 2014 at 12:16 am

      I am wondering why nobody has mentioned Spell Bee! It is iPhone style autocorrect for chrome. It is the reason why I shifted from Firefox to Chrome.

  3. oyun oyna said on April 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, excellent!

  4. MerryMarjie said on April 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Oh, excellent! Just what I’ve been looking for as I was so used to Microsoft Outlook and moved to Thunderbird and found myself missing that little help when I fail to capitalize an “I” or misspell “stupid” (for some reason, my fingers always type “stupfid”!). Thank you so much for this needed software.

  5. goddert said on April 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Small and efficient but it isn’t as stylish as this one …

  6. Rick said on April 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I’ve tried this one in the last version and at first I thought … not bad. After a couple of days use, I noticed that the keyboard hook was making some “fixes” where a fix wasn’t needed or in its dictionary. Although I’m not 100% certain, it was happening when the backspace key was being used and frankly, it just isn’t important to me to spend more time on it so …. Stopped using it.

    Now a better idea … grab the text file for word replacements and use autoit (or the like). I haven’t had any surprise auto-corrects doing this.

  7. txdave said on April 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    So I installed this program added the auto corrections library and open several different programs Trying to misspell Different words …so if you don’t misspell your words the same way they misspell there’s then it won’t Auto-correct the word you misspelled and then on different words that I misspelled it Auto-corrected it to a totally different word maybe this is a wonderful program for inserting commonly used phrases but in my opinion worthless for auto correct spelling

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