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. It can also spell check an entire solution, project, or selected items. Options are available to define multiple languages to spell check agains...

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by KernelA | October 02 2016

Very helpful extension.

by Chenfei.Wu | August 25 2016

very good extension.

by Marcelo Lia Neiva | July 28 2016

Very good! (Muito bom)

by Behnam Emamian Data3 | July 14 2016

by xfx | June 01 2016

by BehnamEmamian | May 31 2016

by Wilhelm.Medetz | May 18 2016

by OmegaPhlare | April 26 2016

Works great. By default, it checks your spelling only in the way you as a coder would want it to be checked. If you want to make adjustments, configuration settings are available.

by mooremediaone | April 14 2016

Works great, saved my a$$. Good work Mr. Wodruff.

by Sampath-Lokuge | April 07 2016

Wow.. Excellent... Thanks a lot :)

by ClaptrapAtHome | January 24 2016

Great tool!

by CIPop | December 30 2015

by Vladimir Morozov _MSFT_ | November 20 2015

A must have VS extension for any developer!

by Kevin_Schilling | November 16 2015

by Tommaso Scalici | November 12 2015

Very good!

by James Wilkins | November 11 2015

Good, but doesn't work with typescript files (in VS 2015 at least) for some reason - even though the file extension is clearly included in the extension's config file. Bug?

EWoodruff November 11 2015
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Sorry to say it but, it works for me in both VS2013 and VS2015. I'm just using the standard install of both. Do you perhaps have another package installed that provides TypeScript support? If so, perhaps that's doing something different such that its not reporting spans the same way or in a way the spell checker recognizes. Just a guess.

If you've got spelling errors in the TypeScript files, they should show up when doing a solution/project spell check. That's not affected by the editor's tagger.

by craig395 | November 09 2015


by Taz17Manis | October 07 2015

Very good, and the false positives were to a minimum (got hung up on string formatters like mm-dd-yyyy, but it doesn't get in your way marking those).

Anyway, a life saver and should help avoid embarrassing conversations about how "specfic" isn't a word with a client.

EWoodruff October 08 2015
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The latest release contains an Exclusion Expressions configuration category in which you can enter regular expressions to filter out unwanted stuff like format strings, etc.

by Boorda | September 19 2015

Definitely by far the best VS spell checker.
Thanks for the great tool!

by Mads Kristensen | September 15 2015

Best spell checker for VS

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  • Extension keeps getting disabled every time
    5 Posts | Last post September 07, 2016
    • Hi, I have a really frustrating issue. When ever I open VS 2015 the extension is disabled and I have to go in the options and re-enable it every time. What could it be? Maybe one of my other extensions are conflicting with it? I only have CodeMaid installed the rest are pre-installed by visual studio.
      Other than that this is an amazing extension.
    • One possibility is that you need to go to Tools | Options | Environment | Extensions and Updates and check the box marked "Load per user extensions when running as administrator".
    • Hi, I have the same issue in my VS Community 2015 and Win10. I uninstalled all extensions I don't need but it doesn't help. I tried start VS as common user and as administrator but both with the same result. I noticed one thing when I enable Spell Checker and restart VS using button "Restart Now" then Spell Checker is enable. When I instead close and start VS manually it is disabled.
      Option "Load per user extensions when running as administrator" is marked.
    • Perhaps the MEF cache is corrupted.  You could try clearing it.  There's an extension that makes it easier:
    • Thank you for tip. But it didn't help me. I repaired my Visual Studio installation but without success too. Finally I uninstalled the Spell Checker again. Cleaned the MEF cache and install it again and now it is always enabled. Thank you for your help and great extension.
  • How to run spell checker extension from command line
    3 Posts | Last post September 02, 2016
    • Is it possible to run spell checker extension from command line tools. We want to ensure solution builds only if there are no issues related to spelling.
    • It doesn't provide a build task that will perform spell checking.  There was a request for it but I decided not to implement it for the reasons given here:
    • There are still cases like legacy code which are previously written and we should cover that while building the solution through MS Build.
  • How Can I Use This Tool?
    2 Posts | Last post August 03, 2016
    • I have installed it but not getting how to use this tool. Any help is really appreciated!
    • See the project wiki.  It describes all of the configuration options and how to use it:
      If you've got more specific questions, open an issue on the GitHub project site and ask it there as I'm more likely to see it:
  • Spell Check Solution/Project
    3 Posts | Last post July 27, 2016
    • G'day, Nice extension.
      When I run a Check for the entire solution it's checking everything referenced under the External Dependencies tab. Such as boost libraries.
      Have I got something basic misconfigured?
    • The "External Dependencies" folder appears to be a pseudo-folder added by the project manager in C++ projects.  As far as the spell checker is concerned, its treating it like any other folder in the project.  I'll see if there's a way to exclude it.
    • I've created an issue for this on the GitHub project site.  You can track it and add any additional comments there.
  • Use spell checker within VS Express 2013
    2 Posts | Last post July 05, 2016
    • Is there a way to install the spell checker on Visual Studio Express?
      I am having Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop, and why trying to install it I get the message "This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.".
    • No, the Express editions do not support installation of third party extensions.  I suggest switching to the Community edition.  It's the same thing as the Developer edition of Visual Studio but is free as long as you meet their licensing terms.  More info can be found here:
  • Spell check working items
    2 Posts | Last post July 01, 2016
    • Is there a way to spell check working items? User stories, bugs etc.
    • If you've got the latest release (v2016.5.28.0) it should spell check any WPF text box within Visual Studio like those in the check-in comments and notes text boxes.  I can't say specifically whether the work items or user stories use WPF text boxes but they probably do.  The option should be enabled by default.  See this wiki topic for details:
  • Language sensitive spell checking
    2 Posts | Last post June 08, 2016
    • For about 30 years, I've wanted a spell checker that was language sensitive. For example, in C++, the spell checker could automatically pick up variable and function definitions so that these could appear in comments without being thought misspellings.
      Can this spell checker do this? If not, it would be a great enhancement.
    • No, it isn't possible.  A similar question was asked in the project.  See my response there for details:
  • hide scroll bar error markers
    3 Posts | Last post May 13, 2016
    • Is there a way to disable the scroll markers of the location of spelling. I would like only to underline the wrong spelled words.
      I do not want to see the scroll markers because on some files I do not maintain I have almost a continuous pink line. (Vs 2013 community) 
    • There is no way to turn off the markers for just the spell checker.  Visual Studio doesn't provide a way to do that.  The only way to turn them off is globally for all such markers by going into Tools | Options | Text Editor | All Languages | Scroll Bars and turning off the "Show errors" option.  The side effect is that you won't see markers for syntax errors etc. either.
    • I set it to underline with a color very close to that of the scrollbar.
  • polish dictionary
    3 Posts | Last post March 01, 2016
    • Hi, Is there any way to add polish dictionary ?
    • If you can find an Open Office dictionary, you can.  See the wiki topic for details:
    • Thanks a lot - it is working perfectly. 
  • Export Results
    2 Posts | Last post December 11, 2015
    • Great tool! Is there any way to export the results to a CSV or Excel file? It doesn't look like I can select all of the results and copy them to the clipboard to do it either.
    • There isn't a way to do that currently but I'll add it as an option:
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