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Spell Checker

The spell checker is at the bottom of the Edit menu in Mac os x applications. You have several options, as shown in the menu below:

Spelling… This brings up a dialog box. The spell checker runs through your entire document, giving you options for each word it thinks is misspelled. It provides possible alternatives for words it's not sure of.

To replace a misspelled word with an alternative, just double-click the alternative you think is correct. Or you can type the correct spelling in the edit box, then click “Correct.”

Learn Spell checkers typically don't recognize most people's names, as shown above. If you often use a particular word this is not in the spell checker's dictionary, click the “Learn” button while the word is selected.The spell checker will add that word to its dictionary and not whine about it being misspelled again.

Check Spelling Use this keyboard shortcut (Command ;) to skim through the spelling in your document without opening the dialog box.

Check Spelling as You Type This marks words that are misspelled as you type them—little red dots appears beneath words it thinks are misspelled. Any words not in its dictionary are considered misspelled, such as all names of people, most towns, and most specialized jargon.

To change a misspelled word quickly without bringing up a dialog box, Control-click (or right-click) on a misspelled word (you don't need to highlight the word first). A contextual menu appears, as shown below. At the top of this menu is a short list of alternative spellings for the word you clicked on. Just single-click on the correct spelling in the menu—the word is instantly corrected and the menu automatically disappears. (If the correct word is not offered, you can either type the correction yourself, or choose “Spelling” from this same menu to run a spell check.)

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