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Checking Spelling

FrontPage lets you check the spelling on a single page or across an entire Web site. It even lets you check spelling as you type, though that particular option drives a lot of people crazy. I prefer running the spell check after I’ve built a page. By the way, FrontPage lets you change the dictionary language from the default U.S. English to more than two dozen other languages.

To check spelling on a single page

1.
If you’re not already in page view, click the Page icon in the Views Bar and make sure the Normal tab is selected.

2.
Choose Tools > Spelling or if the Standard toolbar is active, click the Spelling icon (Figure 4.46).

Figure 4.46. To begin spell checking, choose Tools > Spelling or, if the Standard toolbar is active, click the Spelling icon.


3.
FrontPage will begin checking the current page. When it finds a suspected error, the Spelling dialog box will display the word and offer a suggested spelling (Figure 4.47).

Figure 4.47. When FrontPage finds a suspected error, the Spelling dialog box will display the word and offer suggested spellings.


4.
If you want to use the suggested word, click Change or Change All if you want every instance on the page fixed. If you know the word’s spelled correctly— perhaps it’s a trademark that FrontPage doesn’t recognize—check Ignore or Ignore All. You also can add terms like trademarks to FrontPage’s dictionary by clicking Add. If the suggested word isn’t correct, you can type in your own spelling and click Change or Change All.

5.
FrontPage will continue checking the page and display an alert dialog box when it’s done. Click OK and you’re done (Figure 4.48).

Figure 4.48. When FrontPage finishes checking the page, it displays an alert dialog box. Click OK.


To check spelling across a Web site

1.
Switch to folder view by clicking the Folders icon in the Views Bar.

2.
Choose Tools > Spelling or if the Standard toolbar is active, click the Spelling icon (Figure 4.49).

Figure 4.49. To check spelling across a Web site, switch to folder view and then choose Tools > Spelling.


3.
When the Spelling dialog box appears, make sure that the Entire web radio button is selected (Figure 4.50). Click Start and FrontPage will begin checking the entire Web site. FrontPage will search the current Web site and list pages containing suspected misspellings and how many misspellings appear on each page (Figure 4.51).

Figure 4.50. Check Entire web in the Spelling dialog box and click Start to spell check every page.


Figure 4.51. FrontPage will search the current Web site and list pages containing suspected misspellings. To see a page, double-click its listing.


4.
Double-click any of the pages listed and you’ll be taken to that page’s first instance of the suspected misspelling. FrontPage also will show suggested spellings for the word.

5.
Just as in spell checking a single page, you may click Change or Change All, Ignore or Ignore All, or you can type in your own spelling and click Change or Change All.

6.
When FrontPage has fixed all the misspellings on the first page, a dialog box will appear asking whether you want to check for errors on the other pages (Figure 4.52). Click Next Page and FrontPage will automatically open and check the next page in the list. If you want to limit the spelling check to certain pages, click Back To List where you can jump to another page.

Figure 4.52. When FrontPage has fixed all the misspellings on a page, a dialog box will appear asking whether you want to continue checking the next page.


7.
When FrontPage has fixed all the misspellings on the site, a dialog box will appear asking whether you want to close the page and return to the list (Figure 4.53). Click Back To List and you’ll be returned to the list of pages with suspected misspellings. The pages you have spell checked will be marked as Edited.

Figure 4.53. When FrontPage has fixed all the misspellings on the site, a dialog box will appear asking whether you want to close the page and return to the list. Click Back To List.


8.
When you’re done, click Cancel or the Close button in the dialog box’s upper-right corner.

To check spelling as you type

1.
Choose Tools > Page Options (Figure 4.54).

Figure 4.54. To check spelling as you type, choose Tools > Page Options.


2.
When the Page Options dialog box appears, click the General tab and check the box marked Check spelling as you type (Figure 4.55).

Figure 4.55. The Page Options dialog box lets you control whether FrontPage checks and shows spelling errors as you type. It also lets you set your dictionary’s language.


3.
Click OK and FrontPage will automatically check your spelling.

Tip

  • Instead of having FrontPage check your spelling as you type, it’s probably best to check Hide spelling errors in all documents in the Page Options dialog box. Otherwise, FrontPage will underline any word it doesn’t recognize—which can make for an awful lot of red underlines (Figure 4.56).

    Figure 4.56. The drawback of showing spelling errors as you type: Any word FrontPage doesn’t recognize gets underlined, which makes for a messy page.


To change the dictionary language

1.
Choose Tools > Page Options (Figure 4.54).

2.
When the Page Options dialog box appears, use the Default spelling language drop-down menu to pick a language other than U.S. English (Figure 4.55). When you’re done, click OK.

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