Spellcheck

Do you type too fast? Google Chrome's built-in spellchecker automatically checks your spelling in web forms and text fields.

Get suggestions for spelling errors

You can get smarter spell-checking suggestions by sending the text you type into the browser to Google's servers. To turn on suggestions, right-click inside the text field that you're typing in and select Spellchecker options > Ask Google for suggestions.

Adjust spellchecker settings

This section below is applicable to Windows, Chrome OS and Linux only

If you display Chrome in only one language, spell-check is turned on automatically for that language. If you use more than one language in Chrome you can choose which language to use for spell-checking.

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Languages" section, click Languages and input settings.
  5. In the Languages and Input dialogue that appears, under the "Languages" list choose the language you want to use and click Use this language for spell checking on the right.

If the language isn't listed, first add it as one of your preferred languages. There's a chance that the language you add may not have a spellchecker dictionary available. If that's the case, you won't be able to check your spelling in that language.

If you regularly use the web in multiple languages, you can easily switch between different language dictionaries as you type.

Learn more about switching between dictionaries

  1. Make sure the languages you commonly use are listed as preferred web page languages in the Language and input settings dialogue.
  2. Right-click a word that's underlined by the spellchecker.
  3. Select Spellchecker options.
  4. Select the dictionary language you want to use from the languages listed. If the language isn't listed, select Language settings and add it as a preferred web page language.
If you're using a Mac, spell-check settings must be changed on your computer. Go to the Apple support centre for more information.

Add a new word to the dictionary

If the spellchecker keeps underlining a word that you often use, right-click the word and select Add to dictionary.

Windows, Chrome OS and Linux only: Words that you choose to add to the dictionary are added to your "Customised spelling dictionary".

Edit your Customised spelling dictionary

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Languages" section, click Languages and input settings.
  5. Click Customised spelling dictionary.
  6. In the open text field, type the new word that you want to add. To remove a word that you've previously added, hover over the word and click X.
  7. Click Done.

Temporarily turn off the spellchecker

You can temporarily turn off the spellchecker within the fields you type in. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click a text field.
  2. Select Spellchecker options (Mac: Spelling and Grammar).
  3. Uncheck "Check the spelling text fields" (Mac: Check spelling while typing).