Visual Studio Spell Checker


An editor extension that checks the spelling of comments, strings, and plain text as you type or interactively with a tool window. Extra options are available to control how elements and attributes in XML and MAML files are spell checked.

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by Ash2014_CA | September 19 2014

No Support for VS Express.

EWoodruff September 19 2014
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That's not my fault. Microsoft prevents all packages except ones they support such as NuGet from installing in Express editions. There's nothing I can do about that.

by DigitalSnow | June 18 2014

Essential extension for myself and my team as we clean up, support, and update decade old code. Having correct spelling helps clarify the code especially when working with international (second language) developers.

by bloodshotvirtur17 | May 26 2014


by jimNeocasa | May 24 2014

works great. big time saver

by edsquall | May 13 2014

Excelente aplicación

Funciona tanto en Español como en Ingles, =) muy recomendable =)

by theoryman | May 07 2014

Thanks! Works great and hoping improvements / updates keep coming.

EWoodruff May 08 2014
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Yes, more improvements and updates are planned. I'm in the middle of a number of changes to the help file builder. Once I wrap them up I'll turn my attention back to the spell checker.

by BillW33 | May 02 2014

Works very well for me.

by AnotherChris | March 19 2014

Once the spell checker is installed on my Visual Studio 2013 Premium Update 1 environment I'm unable to successfully open any solution.

by Vaso Elias | February 24 2014

This is indeed a life saver, just got an update and it is also doing spell check in HTML.

Thank you!

by Cameron Lerum | February 18 2014

Works great - I can't live without it!

by Vojtechovsky Petr | February 12 2014

very short. the best i have found so far! (02/2014)
thank you!

by JaredF | February 07 2014

Very helpful. Thank you!

by Mpostol | February 07 2014

by Eric Elsholz | January 10 2014

I love that this is catching all the typos in my comments as I’m typing them! Thank you!

by RodolfoMedina | December 10 2013

by Rob Kellett | November 27 2013

Works great on strings, but it doesn't check resource files, which makes it kind of useless for practical applications.

EWoodruff November 27 2013
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Resource files are not opened with the text editor by default and Visual Studio doesn't expose a way to spell check items in the resource editor's grid. Use the Open With option to open the file in the text editor and spell checking should work as expected.

by Robert Higgins | November 26 2013

by musicisair | November 07 2013

The string "sers" in this line of code gets marked as misspelled:

var s = @"C:\Users\";

Also, when I run Tools > Spell Checker > Spell Check Current Document all I get is a MessageBox that says "key" with an "OK" button.

I'd give this zero stars if I could...but it won't let me.

I'm using Visual Studio Ultimate 2012

EWoodruff November 07 2013
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The \U issue has been fixed for the next release. It's currently not checking for valid hex digits after what it sees as a \U escape sequence right now. For the other issue deleting the user configuration files appears to correct that issue. See this thread:

If you could send me your user configuration files so that I can diagnose the issue I'd appreciate it.

by Alek Davis | November 05 2013

Love it!!! A must have extension for every developer.

by Aleksandar Totovic | October 08 2013

It's very nice

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  • a shortcut for the list of changes
    5 Posts | Last post August 12, 2014
    • is there a shortcut to open the list of changes?
    • If you mean to open the spell checker tool window, I did not assign a keyboard shortcut to avoid conflicts with others that people may have assigned to other commands.  You can assign one of your choosing by going to Tools | Options | Environment | Keyboard, enter "spell" in the "Show commands containing" text box, and then assign a keyboard shortcut to the Tools.SpellCheckCurrentDocument command that is listed in the results.
    • I was thinking about the 'icon' that appears on hovering above a misspelled word. It would be nice if there is a feature like in Eclipse -- you move the keyboard cursor to a misspelled word and press a magic shortcut and the list of corrections appears so I do not to have touch the mouse to fix it.
    • Put the keyboard cursor anywhere in the underlined word and press "Ctrl+." (period) to open the smart tag menu.  That will work for any smart tag such as interface implementation and other code refactoring smart tags too.
    • Thx! Works beautifully!
  • Ignore/Add To Dictionary (Current Project Only)
    2 Posts | Last post August 08, 2014
    • Hi, I personally think that it would be very beneficial to allow mis-spelling of a single word for the current project/solution.
      The project I am working on has a company name that isn't a real word, however I don't want to add it to the dictionary as I'm afraid it may add to the global dictionary.
    • There's a work item open to support this in the future (  If you do add it to the user dictionary or ignored word list, you can always remove it using the configuration options (Tools | Spell Checker | Edit Configuration and select the Default Language/User Dictionary category or the Ignored Words category).
  • Bhavana
    4 Posts | Last post July 13, 2014
    • How can I check spellings in entire solution using visual studio spell checker? 
    • That option has not been implemented yet.  It's on the To Do list.
    • I do have one more concern can you please suggest me some proper way to fail build of solution on wrong spelling detection in VS 2012.
    • There isn't a way to do that.  I doubt it would be something that could be part of the spell checker package anyway.  Given the number of different project types, it would most likely require something like a build task that would have to be manually added to each project.  It would also add overhead to each build which I don't feel would be very desirable.  This is something best left to be ran when needed rather than on each build.
  • Default Language
    2 Posts | Last post April 30, 2014
    • Is it supposed to be there only 1 language to pick up from? In my case. there is only en-US. How can I add there en-GB? Any instructions somewhere?
    • The spell checker supports any OpenOffice version 2, 3, or 4 dictionary.  See the documentation on the CodePlex site for details on how to add a custom dictionary:
  • Navigate through all typos
    2 Posts | Last post April 29, 2014
    • How to navigate through all typos, Is any short cut available for this?
    • Use Tools | Spell Check | Spell Check Current Document.  This opens the tool window that lets you move through each misspelling and correct it, ignore it, or add it to the dictionary.
  • How to set the highlight time to infinite?
    3 Posts | Last post March 26, 2014
    • After I installed the spell checker it founds misspelled words, but it only highlights them for 2 seconds. It is not enough for me to make the corrections. So the question is how can I change the highlight time to be permanent?
    • The highlights should stay in place.  There is no timer on them.  Perhaps there is a conflict with another installed extension.  Do you perhaps have another spellchecker installed or enabled?  You could disable the toher extensions and enable them one by one to see which is causing the conflict with the spell checker.
    • Thanks for the hint. I had the Visual C++ Refactoring extension installed. After I disable the refactoring extension the spell checker started to work. Then I enabled the refactoring extension again and now both extension work.
      Thanks again.
  • Open Office v3+ dictionaries?
    3 Posts | Last post February 06, 2014
    • Are only Open Office v2.X dictionaries supported, or are v3+ and newer versions supported as well?
      Namely, this particular dictionaries are not recognized (followed instructions, and renamed "sr" to "sr-Cyrl"):
    • The files have to be named after a valid culture ID. In this case that appears to be something like sr_Cyrl_BA or sr_Cyrl_CS.  I wasn't aware of the additional "Cyrl" identifier part so right now it's only looking for cultures values in the format xx-XX.  I'll fix it for the next release.
      In the meantime, just rename the files to another valid culture id such as fr_FR (underscore instead of dash too by the way) and then select that language in the configuration dialog.
    • Thank you for the clarification (dash is a typo, was already using an underscore), it works now with your fake naming workaround.
      Btw, most spell checkers use only old Open Office v2.X dictionaries (a lot of languages are missing for that version), so you should probably advertise more that your's can use newer ones...
  • Spell Check Para Tags in HTML?
    2 Posts | Last post January 02, 2014
    • Is there an easy way to get this tool to spell check the items in between my <p></p> Tags in an HTML File?  
    • Are you using VS 2013?  If so, it appears that the content type for HTML files may have changed between VS2010/2012 and VS2013. See the open work item for Razor .cshtml files which is probably related: 
      For that one, selecting the Open With option and explicitly choosing the HTML web forms editor works around the problem.  I'm close to looking into the issue.  I just need to wrap up work on some changes in another project first.
  • Appears to break Intellisense with TypeScript
    3 Posts | Last post November 08, 2013
    • I've been playing around with Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate (final) TypeScript ( from Microsoft.  Everything I was reading said I should be getting intellisense when editing .ts files and I wasn't.  I started disabling my extensions and the one that seems to be the make it or break it is Spell Checker.
      Interestingly enough, if I disable Spell Checker restart VS, and enable again it will work with TS files until the next restart.
    • Thanks for the report.  I'll install the TypeScript stuff and see if I can duplicate the issue when I get some time.
    • Okay, I thought I had this licked and it came up again. It doesn't appear to be Spell Checker.  Looks to be a problem with R# 8.1.
  • High CPU utilization
    3 Posts | Last post November 08, 2013
    • Hi Eric,
      Great spell checker, however I've had to disable it as it's causing VS2013 to exceed 65% CPU utilization almost all of the time.
      I've also noticed (which may be connected to the above issue) that when bringing up the spell checker window, the highlighted word starts jumping up and down the open document as if its continually rescanning, each time highlighting a different word, it doesn't stay highlighted long enough on a word, before it suddenly jumps to another word.
    • From the Extension and Updates dialog box, uninstall it, restart Visual Studio, and then reinstall it and see if that fixes anything. If there's a problem with a corrupt configuration or dictionary, you can delete the user files which are stored in the "%LOCALAPPDATA%\EWSoftware\Visual Studio Spell Checker" folder.
      It's working fine for me and I know several other are using it without issue in VS 2013.  It could be some odd combination of setting in your particular case I suppose.  If the above doesn't fix anything, can you use Tools | Import and Export Settings to export all of your settings and set the .vssettings file to me so that I can see if that is the case?
    • Thanks Eric, I will try that and see what happens.
      I suspect though that it is more project related than settings based, as I've now tried it with other projects and they are working fine. But I do have a specific project that continually causes the problem.
      Once I've done some more investigating I'll let you know.
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