If you’ve grabbed the recent release of Internet Explorer 9 you may have noticed that it is still missing something that many other browsers now include by default: spell checking! I’m not sure why Microsoft hasn’t rolled up a no-brainer inline spell checker into the browser, but third-party developers are stepping in to fill this void.
Speckie is a free real-time inline spell checker for Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9. There are similar add-ons that offer the same functionality, but more often than not they also throw in a lot of other features you may not be interested in. Speckie focuses on doing spell check, and that is all it does.
In terms of its ability to do spell checking it does all the stuff you’d expect it to do. Misspelled words are underlined with a red squiggly line, and right clicking on one of the misspellings presents you with a list of suggestions. As you can tell in the screenshot above there is also an “Add to Dictionary” option to cover those words that you frequently type and aren’t already in the dictionary. Speckie integrates so seamlessly that it starts to feel like it is a native IE9 feature.
Note: After installing Speckie you’ll be prompted to enable it when you start IE the next time. You may need to restart IE9 after enabling it in order to get the spell checking working.
Speckie Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)