Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

Summary: Microsoft is adding spellchecking to all variants of its Internet Explorer (IE) 10 browser, rectifying a missing feature in IE 9.

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Microsoft is adding a commonly requested feature -- spell-checking -- to Internet Explorer (IE) 10.

The new feature is part of the already-released IE 10 developer previews, but Microsoft called it out and explained it in detail in a November 8 posting on the IEBlog.

While Microsoft execs have said they plan to make spellchecking support available to applications across the entire Windows 8 operating system, including IE 10, the IE team also plans to add spell-checking to IE 10 on all supported versions of Windows (meaning Windows 7, too), according to the post.

IE 9 doesn't include spell-checking. That lacking feature is cited by more than a few users as one reason they aren't using IE 9. But because IE 10 will be the version of IE bundled with Windows 8, which will be optimized for touch input, spell checking is no longer taking a back seat.

From today's IEBlog post authored by Travis Leithead, a Program Manager with Internet Explorer:

"When using a device without a physical keyboard, providing a great text input experience is even more important. Windows 8 provides several capabilities to make text input great on any device, and spellchecking is one of them."

Microsoft also is touting IE 10 as being "the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct." (A screen capture of that feature is included in my post above. Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Leithead's post also includes a link to the languages that will be supported with IE 10 spellchecking. Users will be able to spellcheck in multiple languages as well.

Microsoft officials have not said when the company plans to release its various final versions of IE 10. Windows 8 includes a Metro version of IE 10 as well as a Desktop version that allows plug-ins. There's also the separate aforementioned version of IE 10 for Windows 7 coming, too.

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  • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

    Good for the. Now back to my Firefox and Oneric.
    xkizer
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @xkizer IE10 would have corrected "the." for "them". Just saying.
      HugarioZ
      • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

        @HugarioZ
        I, for one, quite enjoyed the satire. I would hate to think an actual misspell caused a chuckle. "U no watt eye mean?" would probably crash it.
        sirpaul2
      • Too little too late, Mary Jo

        Microsoft should be embarrassed for not having one in the first place.
        ScorpioBlue
    • Safari has had spell checking for years

      @xkizer ... Safari is underrated.
      HollywoodDog
    • ie 10 spell check

      I have been all over the place. I use ie 10 but do not have any spell checker. So many hits on this while searching. What do I do to correct this? Thanks, and I do not know if you will get this as I do not know the date of this entry
      hare288
  • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

    Do people not learn to spell in school anymore? I have to say that I have never once needed a spell-checker in my web browser. Don't want one either - it will take up extra space on the drive and slow down the program while it checks everything I type. Google's already annoying enough with its "are you sure you didn't mean this?" when I search for something. I don't use Internet Explorer for many reasons, but spell-checking and autocorrect (what is that? what does it automatically correct?) are not among those. I'm curious where they got their sample of people who gave them this information.
    Unusual1
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1
      "I have never once needed a spell-checker in my web browser"
      Unless you are a witch or a warlock, it is unlikely that you will ever need a spell-checker. On the other hand, I often find a SPELLING-checker to be very useful :-)
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

        @Habiloso

        I agree and is one of the primary reasons I use Firefox for some of my browsing. Not that I am a bad speller but it is still nice to have.
        bobiroc
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1
      You realize that majority of people are not born into English speaking environment? For people like myself it's an acquired language, and unless you prefer to read misspelled words, I'd say it's a neat feature to have.
      s.feldman
      • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

        @s.feldman

        You misunderstand. I was NOT having a dig at you; rather, I was having a dig at laziness of language; especially some of the terms that have come about from the IT revolution. My wife comes from an NESB background and I am trying to learn a second language and so I do understand the difficulties. There is simply no good reason to substitute poor English (such as spell-checker) for the correct word/s. My apologies if I offended you, but that was not my intention.
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1 I was one of them.
      Luke Skywalker
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1: I consider myself a good speller but typos still creep in. I don't believe you've never made one of those.

      Most of the time I see the red squiggly line for technical words.
      bradavon
      • Outlook spell checker for ie10.

        Hi. I have raed all this and entered a repley several weeks ago. Saying that I have not been successful finding it ans be able to use it. At my age make typos and need this. Where do I go to get help on this matter?? I do not know if my entry is read and do you all respond to entries like mine. This, I have been working on for weeks. I remember some time ago typing and seeing lil red line. I clicked on it and it gave me some words to choose from. Is this a site that can me? Or is it just people entering their problems. Thanks
        hare288
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1

      Your bored, so you decided to try and start an argument. Go teach English if you care so much. No one else does.
      mrefuman
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1
      "Don't want one either - it will take up extra space on the drive and slow down the program while it checks everything I type. "

      This is a ridiculous reason for not wanting it - are you running your webrowser on a downclocked atom? Do you not know how small the hit in disk space and resources is for a spell checker for pete's sake?
      Nitz_Walsh
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1

      It's awesome that you are such a great speller! Unfortunately, a lot of people that post to forums and comments are not. I guess you failed to actually read the story and discern the purpose of including a spelling checker and correcter. It's all about mobile devices and their lack of physical keyboards.

      I'm sorry your 250MB HDD can't handle a 100k application feature that most find useful.
      rsseabolt
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      Have you thought about there are some people who are bilingual and we need spell checking for our second language?
      morizola@...
      • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

        @morizola@... on Apple Macs, with their built-in ubiquitous spell-checking, you can set the language checked to anything you want.
        StandardPerson
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 to add spell checking, auto-correct

      @Unusual1 I feel just the opposite. My spelling is horrible. Always has been, and I'm embarressed when I discover a mistake after the fact. Spell-checkers help people with reading disorders, mobility impairments, and other afflictions. It's great that you don't need it, but obviously many people do need the functionality.

      Microsoft has excellent language proofing technology, pioneered in Word, and used in many products. For years I wondered why Internet Explorer wasn't among them.
      ChuckOp65