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Spell Bee for Chrome adds auto correction to the browser

Most web browsers ship with one or multiple dictionary files that are used to indicate spelling errors. These errors are usually indicated by a red line underneath the word and a right-click on it displays spelling suggestions and options such as adding a word to the dictionary to avoid future issues.

These dictionaries don't support automatic correction of words on the other hand which some users may prefer since it can save time.

If you misspell a word over and over, you may prefer auto correction to speed things up.

Spell Bee! for Google Chrome is a new extension that ships with more than 2700 word pairs that it corrects automatically in the browser.

A pair consists of a misspelled word and the correct spelling of the word. It is possible to add words and their replacements to the dictionary file the extension uses to match words that you misspell regularly or at least occasionally.

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Each entry can be deleted as well which can be useful if a word is spelled differently in your region or country.  There is unfortunately no option provided to edit words directly which means that you will have to delete the word pair first to add it anew with the corrected spelling.

The Spell Bee icon in the main toolbar of Chrome indicates whether the extension is active on a page or not. A click on it displays a menu with options to block the extension so that it won't auto correct any words anymore on the page. This can be useful if you write in a different language on a website and don't want words that are spelled corrected to by corrected automatically by it.

The list of websites ignored this way is listed on the extension's settings page so that you can remove a site again from here.

So how well does it work? The extension works on any website according to the author and on any text input form on it. This includes text areas and single line text fields.

When you misspell a word that is in the extension's dictionary it will replace it automatically with the replacement. While that works well for misspellings, it can also be used to create abbreviations that the extension automatically replaces with a full word or phrase.

Conclusion

Spell Bee is a handy extension for the Chrome browser that can aid you in two ways. First, it can correct spelling errors for you and second, it can be used to create abbreviations  to save time typing often used phrases and even entire sentences.

Now Read: Word Expander is a program for Windows that auto corrects in all applications.

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Comments

  1. Peter said on September 4, 2014 at 6:13 am
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    Thank you for another excellent Chrome extension, Martin. I noted that after adding a new word pair, you have to refresh the screen in order to see the new word pair in the list.

    1. Blue said on September 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm
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      +1 Martin, +1 Peter…

  2. Blue said on September 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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    After fully testing, “Spell Bee”, I now conclude it installed with a BHO based spyware/adware. I was suddenly plagued by suggested ads that began after I installed, “Spell Bee”… when I checked my installed programs and registry, there was nothing I didn’t recognize, but still Chrome was inflicted with , “powered by Similar items”… Malware Bytes Professional nor CCleaner Professional found anything. So after uninstalling, “Spell Bee”, the “Powers by Similar items” ads stopped appearing.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm
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      Blue, I did not notice any of that during tests. On which websites did you notice the powered by ads?

    2. Akshay said on September 6, 2014 at 9:10 am
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      Well, it is a handy extension for sure.
      Plus, I don’t see any ads appearing on any website I browsed. Maybe you have a lot extensions installed and one of your other extensions is messing up with your chrome browser. Try disabling all other extensions you have installed and only enabling this one.

    3. Arjun said on September 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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      Nope. I tested the extension, its clean. Doesn’t inject any spyware/adware.
      The ads must be injected cos of some other extension.

  3. Manpreet Singh said on September 6, 2014 at 9:56 am
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    Using this extension from few days and for me it is working fine. Another extension can be the reason for issue.

  4. Mafla said on September 6, 2014 at 9:58 am
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    Indeed a great extension. Definitely +1
    Very useful in daily stuffs and chats

  5. chetz said on September 7, 2014 at 9:55 am
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    It is iPhone style auto-correct.Awesome extension and no i didn’t notice any spyware..

    Thanks

  6. browserextensionking said on September 8, 2014 at 9:27 am
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    Hey Martin,
    Thank you for writing about my extension.
    I appreciate your honest feedback and as suggested by you, I have updated the extension which enables user to edit the word without having to delete them first.
    @Blue : I can assure you my extension doesn’t inject any adware/malware on any website. Any extension code is always available in the Chrome folder on your machine. You are free to audit my extension :)
    Cheers

  7. Bart said on September 20, 2014 at 3:00 am
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    Does this work with OS X? The current spell check for Chrome on a Mac only gives the ability to google any word that is red-underlined, which works, but is awkward.

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