This program isn’t a software witch that will fly around your neighborhood on a cyber-broom and cast spells on people you don’t like. If it were, I’d download this little application and cast a spell on my neighbor and make him dread his lawnmower. Maybe then he wouldn’t cut his grass six times a week and make me feel guilty for only cutting mine once a week. A tinySpell is just what I need to cast on him.
But, alas, tinySpell is not about witches or spells, it’s a tiny spelling checker that works in any application even ones that don’t have one. It flies around your computer watching you type – I promise it won’t laugh at your pitiful typing skills – and checks your spelling on-the-fly. If you make an error it will beep and raise a fuss, well not really, but it will alert you every time you make a spelling mistake. This is really handy if you’re a stickler for spelling and normally spell pretty well – but it can get really annoying if you’re not a stickler for spelling like me and make lots of errors. But, it’s better to be right than sloppy – if you don’t spell well you may appear to be ignorant even if you’re not – or so EB tells me. I think there is a subtle hint there somewhere. Hmmm. Well moving right along folks. Yes, I am aware I’ve being verbose and yammering again. Forgive me, it’s in my genes. I think somewhere in my family history there was a lexicographer or a philologist – or perhaps, more likely a politician.
Let me get down the matter at hand and drag the developer in to give you a little description of his program. I’m sure you’ll find him much more succinct than I. No, I don’t feel bad about being a yammerer – it’s just the way I am :). Anywhale, here’s what the developer says:
“Occasionally you need to check spelling in an application that does not include a spelling checker and you don’t want to launch your word processor just for that. This is when tinySpell becomes handy. It is a small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check and correct the spelling in any Windows application.
tinySpell can watch your typing on the fly and alert you whenever it detects a misspelled word. It can also check the spelling of text that you copy to the clipboard. tinySpell installs itself in the system tray for easy access. It comes with an American-English dictionary containing more than 110,000 words….”
How does it work? Works great! 🙂
Checking your spelling is simple:
Option 1: While you are typing, tinySpell watches the text you enter and whenever it detects a misspelled word it beeps and shows a spelling tip, and the tinySpell icon in the system tray turns from white to yellow .
Option 2: When you copy text to the clipboard tinySpell checks its spelling immediately. If it finds at least one misspelled word in the text it beeps and turns its icon to yellow. If the icon is white it means that no misspelled words were found in the clipboard text.
Correcting a misspelled word is also simple:
When a misspelled word is detected, click the tinySpell icon or press the hot-key to pop up a list of suggested replacement words. If the misspelled word is detected during on-the-fly checking or after a word is copied to the clipboard you can select a correction from the list. The selected word is inserted into your document, or is copied to the clipboard (so you can paste it in your document), or both (depending on your settings).
tinySpell checks spelling in any Windows application – here are some of its features:
Checks spelling on-the-fly (alerts if the last typed word was misspelled)
Checks spelling of text that is copied to the clipboard
Allows you to specify applications for which tinySpell is disabled or enabled
Optionally beeps on error (beep sound can be easily set to any wav file)
Optionally displays a spelling tip
Opens replacements list with a simple mouse click or a hot-key
Optionally copies the selected replacement word to the clipboard
Optionally inserts the selected replacement word into the document
Allows you to add words to the dictionary
Easy to Enable/Disable
Uses little system resources
tinySpell version 1.9 works with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Seven (yes, all versions). If you’re still clunking around with Windows 98/ME you’ll need to use version 1.5. Read more about and/or download this Cloudeight Freeware Pick by visiting this URL — BUT, BUT, BUT READ THIS FIRST!IMPORTANT NOTE: The main download link leads to CNET – which meant CNET will have wrapped the file with a bunch of crapware – stuff you don’t want. Heed our advice and click the second link – the zip file and avoid the CNET garbage-ware installer. Here’s the direct link to the Zip file – it does not come from CNET –
What is it? Universal independent Windows Spell Checker
How big is the file? 601KB (zip)
Windows XP, Widows Vista, Windows 7 (32bit/64bit)