Spell Checker

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An editor extension that checks the spelling of comments, strings, and plaintext as you type.

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2013, 2012, 2010
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4/21/2014
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by bdszuter | July 13 2015

Works very well for our C++ projects in VS2012. So far I've been impressed with how it has handled rather large (20K LOC) files without any obvious performance penalty.
This extension has been especially useful for editing pages of Doxygen documentation.

by TMOII | April 23 2015

by Thomas Levesque | April 02 2015

By default, it underlined almost EVERY WORD in comments on my machine, because it was trying to check the spelling in French, and the comments were in English. There is no option to change the language. Fortunately I thought of switching the language in the taskbar, which works, but it is far from obvious, and has the undesirable effect of changing the language for all apps, not just Visual Studio.

Many people in non English-speaking countries prefer to write their code and comments in English; I guess it's ok to select the computer's language by default, but there should be an easy way to switch to another language just for Visual Studio (or just for the project).

So, great idea, poor usability.

by yinchashe | January 14 2015

very good, easy to use, many thanks guys!

by Alain-France | January 08 2015

Good idea. But the fact that it does not seems possible to select the language destroys the interest of this plug-in.

by TheFetz | September 17 2014

Should have been included in Visual Studio.

by Jasin2069 | August 13 2014

Very helpful

by Shay Dolev | July 02 2014

Very useful

by edsquall | May 13 2014

Funciona como ingles como en español, excelente complemento =)

by Piotr Kula | January 03 2014

I needed this for a long time :)
nice!

by Ilya Rachinsky | May 06 2013

Please add support for coffee files.

by Triscopic | April 18 2013

Good tool.

Would be better if it could underline in something other than red - I find that quite distracting. Green would be better as it usually refers to a warning rather than a critical error.

by Xeffer | March 29 2013

Awesome extension!

One problem is that it spell checks header file paths/names. Could that be removed or made into an option?

#include <stdexcept> // Yeah, I know that is not a dictionary word...

Thanks.

by __Sam__ | March 25 2013

Pretty good. Not perfect.

1. Treats the string "\nHello" as the word nHello, which is a mis-spelled word. Would be nice if it could be configured to treat \ as an escape character for C and C++ code.

2. No way to explicitly search a file. If a want to search an entire file for spelling mistakes it's a pain in the @$$ to eye-ball a 10,000 line file for red squiggly marks. Would be nice to have a small GUI with options likes Ignore Word, Ignore All, Add to Dictionary, Change Word, Change All, etc.

3. Doesn't check for duplicate words, which is a nice feature of some spell-checkers.

4. Would be nice to be able to import/export words, with the import/export file format being a list of words separated by lines in a file.

A helpful utility, but not a full replacement for a spell-checker.

by MattHazz | March 25 2013

Much needed! Fast! Custom dictionary entries. Very useful.

by Syncor | March 14 2013

by Amjad Abdelrahman | February 24 2013

It Will be great if the spell checker mark the wrong phrases in other color instead of red it make programer think that somthing wrong with there code

by Dmitry Gurinovich | January 29 2013

Great extension!

by MarkLalor | January 22 2013

Excellent! Just what I was looking for. Thanks

by yuvanti | December 21 2012

Very useful tool. Only way I can think of improving this, it would be nice if it recognised when I was referencing code in comments but that's a minor detail very pleased with this add-on.

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  • Disable Scrollbar markers?
    2 Posts | Last post July 28, 2015
    • Is there a way to disable the scollbar markers? Just keep the squiggly underline?
    • You can't disable them, but if you change the color of the squiggly (detailed in the description) it also changes the scrollbar marker color.
  • To be clear: There is no way to change the language?
    4 Posts | Last post April 03, 2015
    • By reading all these language related question I was still unable to understand whether there are any language options without recompiling the code?
      
      I have a German OS, German Office with English dictionary and an English Visual Studio.
      The spell checker is set to German which I don't want.
      Am I right that this tool cannot provide English spellcheck for my configuration?
    • The extension uses WPF spellcheck support, so it'll do whatever WPF generally does. I'm not sure if/how there is a way to have additional dictionaries installed, but I'm pretty sure it's OS dependent.
    • You can change the language from the "language button" in Windows 8 taskbar (I think it was called the "language bar" in previous versions). I don't think it appears by default, you have to have multiple languages installed in Windows "Language Preferences" dialog and/or multiple input methods configured.
    • This discussion is certainly very useful :) I think this info must be in the description tab.
  • Backup and move Dictionary to new PC?
    2 Posts | Last post December 16, 2014
    • This may be generic to WFP's Customer Dictionary, but I am not sure,
      and in either case I don't know how to accomplish porting your Visual Studio's Spell Checker Dictionary to a new PC. I really do not want to began again teaching it all the words I have added over the past 2.8 years.
      
      Thank you in advance.
      
      Sincerely,
      Kevin Waite
      
    • The dictionary file is here:
      C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\SpellChecker\Dictionary.txt
      
      Of course your name, as the user, and the above was from Visual Studio 2010.
  • Visual Studio 2013
    10 Posts | Last post October 03, 2014
    • Will this be updated to support Visual Studio 2013? 
    • Yup. The project had been locked for some reason (the admins had no idea why, so they unlocked it), so I wasn't able to update it with the rest of my extensions. I'll try to get to it soon (it's all built, just not uploaded).
    • When do you expect you can upload it here?
    • Still "soon" :-/ It's been a very busy few weeks, sorry.
    • Awaiting also!  :)
    • You can try:
      Download extension, extract it with a zip program, edit the extension.vsixmanifest and add VisualStudio Version="12.0" (maybe also add some more versions like premium) and the SupportedFrameworkRuntimeEdition to MaxVersion="4.5". Add this file again to the extension file (using a zip program like 7zip/winzip/winrar)and install ;)
      
      
    • Sorry for the delay. 2.25 should support VS2013. Let me know if you have any problems!
    • Since we can install language packs in VS 2013 to fit our personal liking (e.g. non-English OS, but VS with English GUI), IMHO it would just be logical to change Spell Checker to use this instead of the OS GUI's language.
      
      So, would you mind to change the language dependency from OS to VS? Or implement a way to set this up manually - without downloading and compiling your extension's code? :)
    • Yoda86: sadly, it doesn't work at all like that; it's not a matter of just picking what the dependency is. There are other extensions that use the Office dictionary, for example, but the spell checking mechanism is entirely different there, so it's a really different extension. Also, the language packs in visual studio aren't the same things as dictionaries + some grammar support to pick out spell-checkable words in sentences, so that doesn't help either. Sorry :(
    • (Oops, wrong account. That was me, in case it wasn't obvious)
  • cshtml files not supported
    2 Posts | Last post September 25, 2014
    • The spell checker works great in cs files, but how do I get the spell checking to with in cshtml files?
      
      Example: <p>Spellling mstake</p>
      The text is not underlined.
    • Strangely enough, the spell checking is working in some cshtml files, but not others.  
      
      Don't know why.
  • Is there a way to hide spell warning in vertical scroll bar (in map mode)
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      Greate extension !
      
      Works well in VS13, but when I open existing project with lots of spellings errors I would like NOT to show each error in my scroll bar (when its in map mode)
      
      How can hide the warnings?
      
      Thanks,
      Guy.
  • Ignore configurations?
    1 Posts | Last post September 03, 2014
    • Is there any way to set up ignore rules?
      
      I get a lot or errors flagged in my #include statements in C++ projects. Would be nice to globally ignore all strings for #include statements.
  • CTP 14
    1 Posts | Last post August 13, 2014
    • Just wanted to sat I manually updated the extension to use CTP 14 and seems to work fine. Thank you for a nice simple and useful extension.
  • ajax:ConfirmButtonExtender
    1 Posts | Last post August 12, 2014
    • Thank you guys for this extender!  It truly is a great asset.
      
      I did notice once thing today though.  It didn't catch the misspelling inside of an ajax:ConfirmButtonExtender's ConfirmText field.  I thought I would pass this on.
      
      Thanks again!
  • RESX support
    1 Posts | Last post July 05, 2014
    • As most of my user text is in RESX file, I'd love to see this working inside the VS RESX editor.
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