Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spell Checking for Firefox

Many people decide to use Firefox as their preferred internet browser due to many features not found in other browsers like Internet Explorer. One of the really useful things in Firefox is the built in spell checker. It is a great tool which will help you spot any mistakes you make while you type in Firefox. Unfortunately, Firefox only checks the spelling on large text fields, not all of them. In order to enable spell checking for all fields, you will have to do some small modification.

To do so, you should first type “about:config” in the address bar. Later type “layout.spellcheckdefault” in the filter box, and double click on preference to change value from 1 to 2. After restarting Firefox your new settings should be applied. You will see that it works, if typos are going to be underlined in red. You can even try to misspell some words on purpose to see if it works.

This tweak will allow you to spot any mistakes you make, even if you are typing in small fields, such as when you fill out forms. From my personal experience I can say that spell checking can be very useful. However, if you really want to avoid any mistakes, you should be only writing when you feel rested, because being tired can greatly reduce your concentration.

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