Microsoft Edge now uses Windows Spellcheck

Microsoft brings the Windows Spellcheck experience to the Chromium project to improve spell checking on Edge and Chrome.

Microsoft Edge with Windows Spellcheck
Microsoft Edge with Windows Spellcheck

On Microsoft Edge, the ability to check spelling as you type has been around for a long time, but it was using open-source proofing tools powered by Hunspell to accomplish the tasks. Starting with version 83, the Chromium version of the browser is switching to the Windows Spellcheck.

Although the previous tools helped to check spelling, using the Windows Spellcheck enables additional benefits, such as support for additional languages and dialects, acronyms, improved support for links, and shared custom dictionary.

How to use spellcheck on Microsoft Edge

If you’re already using the most up to date version of the browser, you don’t need to do anything, the switch to the Windows Spellcheck will happen automatically on Microsoft Edge.

To make sure the spellcheck is enabled, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the Settings and More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.

  3. Click on Settings.

  4. Click on Languages.

  5. Under the “Check spelling” section, enable the Windows Spellcheck for the languages you want to use.

    Microsoft Edge Windows Spellcheck
    Microsoft Edge Windows Spellcheck

Once you complete the steps, the spellcheck will enable on Microsoft Edge.

If the language you want to enable spellcheck isn’t available, you can use these steps to add it.

The Windows Spellcheck isn’t only available for Microsoft Edge, but for all Chromium-based browsers, which means that you can also use the Windows Spellcheck on Google Chrome.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].