Spell Checker


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

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by Aaron Sulwer | November 16 2015

needs to be included with VS

by SilentBlueDev | August 18 2015

I love this plugin it has helped me a lot!
Keep up the good work.

by Johnny747 | August 13 2015

using windows 8.1. Can't get it to work...unclear

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 15 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 :)

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...


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

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  • GOTO Misspelled words window
    2 Posts | Last post August 28, 2012
    • Is there a window similar to the 'Error List' window that shows the misspelled words in a project?
    • Nope, sorry.
  • Where is the user dictionary stored?
    5 Posts | Last post August 24, 2012
    • When I add to dictionary, where are the new words stored?
    • Should be:
    • thanks.
    • Any chance you can include an editor UI? 
    • Likely no, sorry.
  • Support for .php files
    1 Posts | Last post August 23, 2012
    • I use Visual Studio 2010 with the VS.php addon, and .php files are not being spell checked as I'm used to with C# files. Is there any way to support this?
  • Problem with text collapsed when opening a file
    3 Posts | Last post August 21, 2012
    • When I open a file that has blocks of text (multi line comments or methods), and I then expand them I get red squigles under misspelled words; but I don't get the tiny blue box at the start of the word, nor does the dropdown with the correction appear.
      In order to get the correction dropdowns to appear I need to expand the blocks, then close and reopen the file.
    • Assuming you are using VS2010, that was a bug in the smart tag implementation in VS2010, sorry :( I never found a workaround for it in the extension.
    • I am using 2010.  I normally have my files collapsed; so unfortunately this is a major problem for my normal workflow.  I'll give it another try once my projects start upgrading to 2012.
  • 2.24 release notes?
    3 Posts | Last post August 16, 2012
    • What changed from version 2.23 to 2.24?
    • Support in the manifest for VS2012. I had issues updating the description from chrome/mac, or else I would have listed it there, sorry!
    • Cool.  I love this extension, by they way!
  • No spell checking
    2 Posts | Last post August 01, 2012
    • I installed the spell checker but it does not work. No spell checking is performed in .c and .h files. Im using VS2010 Pro, English version. Can you help me with this?
      Thanks, Ralf
    • Do you have a non-english Windows install? See comments below for how to modify the source to build a version that forces use of the en-US dictionary.
  • Really need 2012 support! ;-\
    4 Posts | Last post July 25, 2012
    • I love this extension... but it's killing me that it does not work with VS 2012? ;(
      Is this open source? what is needed to get it upgraded? I'm happy to help!!
    • Appreciate the offer of help :) I think I need to find someone to maintain these going forward, but you can try to update it locally by:
      1) Download the extension
      2) Change the file extension to .zip and unzip the contents
      3) Modify the extension.vsixmanifest, adding a new entry under the SupportedProducts group:
        <!-- VS10.0 is here, below it add: -->
        <VisualStudio Version="11.0">
      4) Add everything back to a .zip file, change the extension to .vsix, and open it from explorer
    • Thanks for the information on how to update this.  That did the trick for me.
    • Unfortunately, SpellChecker works only with 4 default languages: English, Spanish, French and German. I changed this one a little bit by incuding OpenOffice dictionaries for English and Russian languages.
      So, if somebody is interesting in Visual Studio spell checking in Russian you can download it here: http://narod.ru/disk/57803307001.fe7fe683e2252823f85f11d316b0472d/SpellcheckerSetup.zip.html
  • VS 2012 version?
    2 Posts | Last post June 28, 2012
    • Any word on getting a version that works with VS2012  ?
    • I haven't even installed VS2012 yet, so I haven't updated it :-/ You can get it running locally (for any extension) by:
      1) Download the extension
      2) Change the file extension to .zip and unzip the contents
      3) Modify the extension.vsixmanifest, adding a new entry under the SupportedProducts group:
        <!-- VS10.0 is here, below it add: -->
        <VisualStudio Version="11.0">
      4) Add everything back to a .zip file, change the extension to .vsix, and open it from explorer
  • Spell Checking SUmmary in bottom window
    2 Posts | Last post April 30, 2012
    • I was wondering if there was a way (or plan to do so in the future) to have a summary at the bottom saying all the errors of hte current document and/or project. Just like all the errors compiling or when you right click on something and choose 'find all references'.
    • It's technically possible to do, but I have no plans of doing it. If you are feeling adventurous, you can find the source here: https://github.com/noahric/spellchecker
  • Visual Studio 11 Support?
    2 Posts | Last post March 24, 2012
    • Is there any chance of getting this extension to work with Visual Studio 2011? It's currently in Beta, but I love this extension and would really like to have it installed.
    • Apologies, just noticed someone beat me too it below... renaming it to .zip, changing the version number and re-zipping it up works like a charm.
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