How to Spell Check Text Fields with Google Chrome Spell-Checker Options


Spell Check Text Fields with Google Chrome Spell-Checker Options

If Google Chrome spell checker is turned off you will not see misspelled words underlined in red within text fields. I went for several months not even realizing I had spell checking disabled in the browser. There were undoubtedly a number of errors I would have caught before submitting my information. Some refer to text fields as text boxes, but they are the same thing. Text fields or text boxes are online forms on websites that allow you to type text and submit your information. Often these smaller regions have a convenient autofill feature. Common examples of small text fields include username, password, name, address, search, etc. I generally do not need a spell checker for these small fields when there is an autofill feature turned on. Google Chrome’s spell checker option is most useful with larger text fields, especially for submitting paragraphs of information. The example below shows Chrome’s spell checker option turned on with 3 spelling errors underlined:

A text field / text box with underlined text in red


Instructions for How to Turn On the Spell Checker

Instructions for How to Turn On the Spell Checker

1. Right-click anywhere in the text field/text box.

2. Choose Spell-checker options > Check the spelling of text fields

3. Choose Check the spelling of text fields to ensure it has the checkmark next to it.

How to Use Chrome’s Spell Checker

How to Use Chrome's Spell Checker

1. Right-click or highlight any red underlined misspelled word.

2. From the menu that appears choose the correct word. This will automatically replace the misspelled word with the correct word.

“Ask Google for Suggestions” Works Even Better in my Opinion

The example below differs slightly from the example previously shown. This is the result of “Ask Google for Suggestions”:

Results from Ask Google for Suggestions

You can enable this feature by right clicking anywhere in the text field and choosing Spell-checker options > Ask Google for Suggestions:

Ask Google for Suggestions

You will see a window that says, “Google Chome can provide smarter spell-checking by sending what you type in the browser to Google servers, allowing you to use the same spell-checking technology used by Google search.” Click Enable.

Google Chome can provide smarter spell-checking used by Google search