Visual Studio Spell Checker

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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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2015, 2013, 2012, 2010
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3/1/2015
2015.3.1.0
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by TimidWriter | May 12 2015

Great little addon and easy to add extra dictionaries to it. Thank you so much.

by Dongus_ | April 26 2015

Just got this, I love it so far! Great for checking my spellings in <p>'s. This is great, and I am guessing using this will save me at least 5% of my grade that I otherwise would have lost. Thank you EWoodruff!

by prickly | March 17 2015

Using this with VS 2013 Community Edition and it works great!

This will speed up the proof reading of my data files because the spelling is now so easily taken care of :)

Thanks so much for this extension!

by Damian Suess | March 11 2015

Great extension and THANK YOU for making it freely accessible. For years I've pulled my hair out searching the code for spelling errors made by myself and other team members. And unfortunately our customers are the ones who caught the typos.

This not only catches our strings but also the comments!

If i could give you more than 5 stars, i would. It's a shame those other folks have not changed their votes. I'm using VS2013 Pro with the latest updates and this works great!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

by mvarblow | February 04 2015

Perfect. Best spell checker plugin I've found.

by Online Smurf | November 13 2014

This is fantastic!

by Michael McDowell | October 30 2014

It works perfectly.

by knowamac | October 24 2014

Awesome!

by mrtaikandi | October 02 2014

Better than every other spell checkers I've tried. It would be even better if it showed misspelled function and property names.

by Ash2014_CA | September 19 2014

No Support for VS Express.

EWoodruff November 15 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.

The release of Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition (http://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2013-community-vs) removes that limitation.

Everyone now has access to the Spell Checker Visual Studio package. It will install in the CE edition just like it does in all other versions of Visual Studio 2013.

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

Great

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!

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  • Share Custom Dictionary in Source Control
    2 Posts | Last post Tue 7:46 PM
    • Hi we have a small team and a large solution with a dozen projects and need to share dictionaries in source control so all developers can have the "company" dictionary so all our internal 'misspellings' (which are words to us) are exempted.  Can we accomplish this?  Having a second 'personal' dictionary for each user is irrelevant for us so as single devs add words to the dictionary and update the source control, all devs will have the new word they added.  Is this something we can accomplish?  Where is the custom dictionary file stored on disk?  Thank you! 
    • The latest release (v2015.3.1.0) supports solution and project-specific configuration files.  In them, you can add settings to define the location of a dictionary checked in with the solution/project.  At the solution level, the dictionary would be used by all projects in the solution.  At the project level, it would only be used by that particular project.
      
      See the Configuration Files topic (https://github.com/EWSoftware/VSSpellChecker/wiki/Configuration-Files) for information on how the configuration files work and how to add them.
      
      Once you've added the dictionary files and the user dictionary file to the solution/project, add a solution or project specific configuration file depending on your needs, open it and go to the Dictionary Settings page, and define the location of the dictionary files.  Keep the relative path when prompted (https://github.com/EWSoftware/VSSpellChecker/wiki/Dictionary-Settings).
      
  • ObjectDisposedException
    2 Posts | Last post April 19, 2015
    • Unfortunately this appears to be the cause of disabling a lot of functionality (including Resharper) in VS when it gets an exception, so I had to uninstall it. If I get the exception even with it uninstalled, I will retract this post. The ActivityLog.xml entry follows:
      <entry>
          <record>1511</record>
          <time>2015/04/14 13:09:17.010</time>
          <type>Error</type>
          <source>Editor or Editor Extension</source>
          <description>System.ObjectDisposedException: Cannot access a disposed object.&#x000D;&#x000A;Object name: &apos;TagAggregator&apos;.&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Tagging.Implementation.TagAggregator`1.GetTags(NormalizedSnapshotSpanCollection snapshotSpans)&#x000D;&#x000A;   at VisualStudio.SpellChecker.Squiggles.SquiggleTagger.&lt;GetTags&gt;d__2.MoveNext()&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Tagging.Implementation.TagAggregator`1.&lt;GetTagsForBuffer&gt;d__5.MoveNext()</description>
        </entry>
      
      
    • Based on the exception I reviewed the code and it does look possible for it to access the aggregator after disposal under some conditions.  I haven't ran into it myself nor has it been reported but I've added code to fix that and it'll be in the next release.
      
      In future, rather than posting about problems here, open an issue at the project site on GitHub (https://GitHub.com/EWSoftware/VSSpellChecker/issues).  I'll see it and be able to respond in a more timely manner.
      
  • Search entire project
    2 Posts | Last post March 18, 2015
    • Is it possible to check multiple documents for spelling errors at once? I'd like to do a spell check on an entire project, rather than just a single file.
    • It isn't currently possible to spell check the entire project/solution.  It's a feature I plan to add and have an open work item for but I don't have a time line for when it will be done.
      
  • Porting this extension to Atmel studio
    2 Posts | Last post January 06, 2015
    • Hi,
      
      I would like to fork your project and host it in gallery.atmel.com which is a Visual studio Isolated shell based application. This will be benificial for all those users in there. Do i have your consent in doing so ?
      
      Thanks
      Soundararajan
    • The project is open source and uses the Ms-PL license.  As long as you comply with the license terms, you are free to fork the project.
      
  • How to spellcheck the XML elements name
    2 Posts | Last post November 12, 2014
    • Suppose I have a huge XML which elements name could be wrong like,
      
      <Datte> </Datte>
      or so on. 
      
      Can i able to spell check those too ?? 
      
      Currently I am able to spell check just fine whatever the text between the Elements <text> Dummy Text </text>
      
      Appreciated your prompt reply.
      
      Regards
    • Sorry, it only spell checks comments, content, and attribute values.  It won't spell check element names, variable names, method names, etc.  Since what you're trying to do here is validate the structure, your best bet would be to define an XML schema so that it validates the document elements that way and provides IntelliSense.  See this MSDN entry for more information: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms255815.aspx
      
  • Change language in VS2010/Win8
    2 Posts | Last post October 07, 2014
    • I want to force Spell Checker to use only English, but it always takes my keyboard language (which is Spanish).
      
      There's no "Tools -> Spell checker" menu at all or anything that let's me configure English as my sole spell checking language (literally, the "Tools -> Spell checker" does not exist). I don't see either anything under the "Tools -> Options" menu.
      
      I also attempted maybe deleting all dictionaries but English, but the path your wiki points to (%LOCALAPPDATA%\EWSoftware\Visual Studio Spell Checker) does not exist either.
      
      Where can I set English as my only spelling language?
      
      I'm running VS2010 Ultimate over Windows 8 x64. 
    • The folder won't exist unless you've changed the configuration.  The default language is English.  I don't supply a dictionary for any other languages by default so it will only spell check in English unless you take steps to install a foreign language dictionary.
      
      If you've got my spell checker installed, you'll find its options under Tools | Spell Checker (Spell Check Current Document and Edit Configuration.  Selecting Edit Configuration will bring up the configuration dialog.  You'll see the available languages in the Default Language / User Dictionary category.
      
      If you aren't seeing those options and it really is spell checking in Spanish then you've got some other spell checker installed.  If in doubt, check Tools | Extensions and Updates and see which extension are listed.  If mine is there, remove it and see if you still get spell checking.  If so, something else is doing it.
      
      
      
  • 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 (https://vsspellchecker.codeplex.com/workitem/34155).  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?
      Thanks!
    • 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: https://vsspellchecker.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Adding%20Custom%20Dictionaries&referringTitle=Documentation
      
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