There is at least one user on our site who constantly provides good/excellent answers. However, I can almost always find typos in his answers. Those typos do not impact the overall quality of the answers. Still, typos are typos.

I myself always want to have the spell checker available on our site. My workaround is to use my own word processor off-line to check the typos before I post an answer. This causes extra efforts.

My question is,

Do we have spell checker available on stack exchange sites? If yes, how do I use it? If not, why?

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    Definitely second this request - sometimes we are tired and slip up. – user7130 Sep 16 '13 at 7:22
  • While I may be that user, Firefox has a built in spell check. – StrongBad Sep 16 '13 at 9:28

Use your browser’s built-in spellchecker. All three browsers I use (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) have it, and it does work for Stack Exchange's text boxes.

If you browser does not come with a spellchecker, there are free plugins for that.

  • I use IE. Believe or not, there are still many IE users. – scaaahu Sep 16 '13 at 11:22
  • @scaaahu I believe you, but I find it hard to believe that IE does not have a built-in spellchecker. Searching the web reveals that there are plenty of such free plugins, however – F'x Sep 16 '13 at 11:28
  • The computer I am using is Vista. I am using IE9. My problem is, the machine is my wife's. She can have it anytime she wants. I am retiree. No budget to get a new computer. My own one is XP. I cannot even install IE9. – scaaahu Sep 16 '13 at 11:34
  • @scaaahu another free spellchecker, compatible with Windows XP and IE ≥ 6 – F'x Sep 16 '13 at 11:37
  • Thanks. I am going to try. – scaaahu Sep 16 '13 at 11:42

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