Boost your proofreading with online-spellcheck.com
There are three major approaches to use a spell checker and check text for errors.
- Each word is compared to a word in a given dictionary. A misspelled word is identified easily as long as the dictionary is large enough to contain the word. This is the simplest method and most spell checkers work like this.
- Some spellcheckers also detect common grammatical errors through predefined rules. In this kind of approach, a spell checker service will detect the wrong use of the indefinite article “”, like using an” instead of “a” before a word beginning with a vowel sound. Another example is to find homophones, words that sound more or less the same, but have been used in the wrong manner. An example is 'write' and 'right'. Especially people with dyslexia know about this problem. For this to work, the spellchecker needs to look at several words at the same time to get the context instead of just looking for one word after another.
- The third approach is to create rules based on statistical information. This approach needs a lot of precomputed data from a large text corpus (yes, Wikipedia is too small for that). The collected data is too big to integrate them on a client computer, so this approach is normally not offered by most spell checkers. Usually a rule based spellchecker has a solid base of grammatical rules, but as you may know, there is always an exception of an exception of a rule. Statistical grammar checker may find errors that a rule based spellchecker does not.
Online-spellcheck.com makes use of all three approaches. We have one of the largest set of dictionaries, with thousands of rules and we use a statistical corpus to find even rare errors. And this not only for the English language, we check text for misspelled words and grammatical errors for over 20 languages.
Our online spell checker can do more than most spell checkers
As explained above, spell checking and grammatical improvements of text can be made using three different main approaches. Our online converter uses all of them. Our servers are also quite powerful with lots of RAM to store the large corpus. They are also constantly updated and improvements are applied. There is no need to install software on every device you own to proofread your text. Just open your browser on any device and you are set. And best of all, our spell checker is completely free.
Create your own rules
No one is perfect and we do not claim to find every error in your text. That is just not possible with a machine-only check. If others claim they can do this automatically, it is just not correct. The last resort is always a human (and even this person may fail from time to time). Nevertheless our online spellchecker will help you find most errors and will also make suggestions for grammatical improvements.
We have included a feature where you can tag words that have been marked as being spelled incorrect or grammatically wrong by our system, but are nevertheless correct (e.g. names). If you have registered with us, this will allow you to mark these words and add them to your own personal dictionary. We will use this information for your further checks.
Furthermore, if you click on a word, we provide a dictionary entry with several possible meanings of said word.
Send us documents in any format and we will convert them and fix the errors
You can choose several ways to submit your text:
- You can either copy the text and paste it in a text box on our online spellchecker.
- You can also provide a URL where we can download the document to spell check from the internet. It is also possible to check a website for errors by just entering the domain name.
- It's also possible to spell check an uploaded file provided in any given format. We support Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX), Adobe PDF, Text files, RTF files and can even extract text from images using optical character recognition (OCR).
- If you are using services like Google Drive or Dropbox, you can also upload documents from your cloud storage. The same formats as mentioned under (3) are supported as well.
Just give it a try.
Spell checking is important, but we have more
Once we have received and checked your text, we will display the corrected text. During your manual review of the corrected text, you have several options to handle the information we produce. You can revert a change made by us, use our thesaurus to find synonyms or rearrange sentences. We also give some detailed explanation about why a word might be wrong and include examples. When you are satisfied, you can share your text with others by sending them the unique, non guessable URL to your friends, download the file in various formats (like PDF, DOC, TXT or ODT) or send the text as an attachment to yourself.
Who benefits from an online spell checker
To write a text without any errors is difficult, even for experts. Our automated spell checker can help professionals, students, website owners, bloggers and writers to deliver almost error free text. Especially users that write in a language that is not their mother tongue will benefit from our online tool. It will not only help them to correct the text, but they will also get information, why the use of a word is wrong in the given context.
Let Us KnowWe are constantly improving our spelling and grammar checker. If you need more features or find an error, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Welcome! On this website you can spell-check any text online. It works with English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Suomi, and Swedish texts.
To do so, simply copy or prepare your text, hop over to the online editor here, paste or enter your text, choose the language, and start the process by clicking the “Check Spelling” button.
You may even copy whole paragraphs and pages out of your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents onto our site to check them online. Don’t worry, we won’t save or store any of them. They are completely safe and will be deleted in the very moment they got checked.
You can then click on underlined words or sentences for corrections and further explanations.
For writing tips and proofreading advice check out my blog.
If you want to proofread your grammar and spell-check your text at the same time, you can try GrammarCheck.net (English proofreading only). That site uses a similar interface to this one, but has the added benefit of a built in grammar checker. Basic checks are free. If you need more thorough proofreading or want to upload and check a document, there’s a paid online option which offers exactly this: sentence flow checking, improvement tips for professionals, and the document upload function.
Don’t Be The Office Fool – Double Check Your Email Spelling
Email, or e-mail as it is often spelled, is a massive part of everyday life, and whether business or personal emails, the words contained within an email represent the sender. Once sent, an email becomes a permanent record of a message written by you, and as such cannot be retrieved and changed to better reflect your grammar, spelling and intentions. It is a fact that people judge intelligence on the way a person writes. If you send email messages that are full of errors to co-workers and clients, they are likely to form a negative impression of you.
It is important to remember that email spell checkers aren’t foolproof, and often don’t pick up common mistakes. This is why it is absolutely imperative that you proofread every email you send. Put yourself in the position of your new boss or a client you are communicating with for the first time. Imagine receiving an email with three spelling mistakes in the copy. It looks sloppy, rushed and carefree, not an impression you want to make.
If your words are riddled with grammatical mistakes, misused words, poorly written sentences, and typographical errors, you will develop a reputation as someone with poor writing skills, not an easy reputation to shake off. It isn’t kind to laugh at people who can’t write or spell well, but in an work environment this is often the case. Don’t let your co-workers have a laugh at your expense by sending out emails with misspelled words.
Why MS Word Spell Check Isn’t Bulletproof
“But I used spell check, it must be correct”! Oh, if I had a penny for every time I have heard someone say this. Spell checkers aren’t foolproof and here’s why. They are designed to pick up sequences of letters that don’t form a word; for example, if you type in “bdgdget” the spell checker picks that up because it doesn’t correlate with any word in the English language. However, if you type in “my pear of pants,” the spell checker won’t pick up the wrong use of the word pear/pair.
No matter how careful you are with spell check, there is no substitute for proofreading your work twice over and having someone else proof it for you. It is impossible for a spell checker to identify when you mistakenly used a correctly spelled word, like “infection” instead of “affection.” In this respect a good investment is a grammar checker.
Silly spelling mistakes will make you exactly that, silly. Never send an email, article or letter off without going through it with a fine tooth comb. While we encourage you to use our spell checker here, we also encourage you to analyze each word as you go, checking it is the correct form of the word you want. Perhaps the funniest mistake I have ever seen is someone type “penises” instead of “premises” in a presentation at a seminar. Mistakes like this happen because people first misspell a word, and then use the auto-correct function in MS Word to fix it, but choose the wrong correction. Now there’s a mistake worth checking your work for.