Notepad++ is an open-source text editor that offers a slew of basic and advanced text & source code editing features that are not found in integrated notepad utility. It is very comprehensive and probably the best of its kind. Apart from supporting a number of programming languages, it includes a syntax highlighting feature, a great feature which simply enables application developers to easily detect and correct syntax errors in their source code files. It also supports an umpteen number of third-party plugins that help users extend native source code editing functions. The application is mostly favored by developers as it greatly helps then in programming and coding various scripts, however, there are lots of plugins available for people who are not coders and still find quite handy. Earlier, we have covered quite a lot of Notepad++ plugins, including details on how to install them. Today, we have another one at your disposal called Spell-Checker. Spell Checker, as its name implies, allows you to quickly correct spelling mistakes in plain text documents. The plugin supports multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, Danish, German and more. Not only does it mark spelling errors, it also helps you fix spelling mistakes and even lets you ignore selected or all errors. Moreover, you can add new custom words to its dictionary after reviewing all the suggested words for the misspelled word. Don’t stop reading for more details Spell Checker just after the break.
In my previous reviews i always mention about how to install a new plugin in Notepad++. Let me go through the procedure again. To install Spell Checker, open Plugin Manager from Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager. In the proceeding window, look for Spell-Checker under Available tab, select it and then click Install.
Once installed, navigate to Plugins –>Spell-Checker, and click the provided URL to download and install Full installer.exe, of required Precompiled dictionary.
Once done, go to the Plugins menu again and click the Spell Checker option. You can also use the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S hotkey combination to open the Spell Checker.
The Spell Checker will start pointing out the errors one by one. As stated earlier, you can choose to replace the misspelled word with suggested word, add it to dictionary, or simply ignore the error.
Spell-Checker is quite a useful open source plugin that works with all versions of Notepad++. Testing was done on Notepad++ 6.1.3, installed under Windows 7 operating system.