Checking the article
The spelling checker starts scanning the current article for unfamiliar words as soon as you open it by clicking Main menu ⁄ Tools ⁄ Spell check or by pressing F7. If it finds nothing unexpected, the message "The spelling check is complete" will appear. Otherwise, the Spelling window will appear.
Checking the highlighted text block
If you highlight a word or a block of text before pressing F7, the spelling checker will check only the highlighted text first, then ask you if you would like it to check the whole article. This feature is useful if you simply wish to check the spelling of a particular word.
As you can see, the spelling checker intelligently presents you with a number of options that you can select from, and also enables you to manually edit or ignore the unrecognized word. In some cases, as above, the replacement may be more than one word.
Notice that if the spelling checker comes up with more than one Suggestion, the one appearing in the Replace With window always matches the one highlighted in the Suggestions window. Thus you can select the preferred replacement by clicking in the Suggestions window.
If you Ignore this word it will continue scanning the article and alert you again the next time it encounters the same word.
If you select Ignore All, it will continue scanning after adding the word to its Ignore All list to avoid bothering you with it again!
If you decide to accept one of its Suggestions, you can do so either by double-clicking the suggested word or by clicking the suggested word and then clicking Change. The spelling checker will automatically replace the word in the text and move on.
If you select Change All, it will continue scanning after making the replacement, adding the word to its Change All list and will automatically replace the old with the new each time it finds it. In this way the spelling checker can function as an alternative to TreePad's Article Replace function.
If the spelling checker is unable to find a word in its dictionaries to match the unfamiliar word, it will display "(no suggestions)".
If you click Add, the word will automatically be added to the Added Words section of the user's current Custom dictionary as a "correct" word which can be ignored every time it is encountered.
If you click Auto-Correct, the word in the Not Found window and the word in the Replace With window will be added as a pair to the Auto-Correct Pairs section of the user's current Custom dictionary so that automatic replacement will occur.
If Add and Auto-Correct seem similar to Ignore All and Change All, it is because they are! You have the choice to add a word or word pair to either the Ignore All⁄Change All dictionary or to one of any number of custom dictionaries you can create. When the spelling checker encounters a strange word, it checks it against its predefined dictionary, its Ignore All⁄Change All dictionary and its user's current Custom dictionary. These dictionaries will be more fully explained in the next section.
If you change your mind after ignoring or replacing a word, you can click Undo (in the Spelling window) to reverse the change and take you back to where you were in the article prior to the change. Multiple levels of Undo are possible.
If you prefer using the keyboard to the mouse, you can use the menu access keys for Replace With (Alt+R) and Suggestions (Alt+S) to move the cursor between these two windows.
- You will notice that the Spelling window moves out of the way each time it encounters a strange word so that you can view the actual word in its context. While this is most useful, it also means that the Ignore⁄Ignore All and Change⁄Change All buttons keep shifting all the time. You may find it easier to use the menu access keys (e.g. Alt+G for Ignore) instead.
- If you want the Spelling window to appear, you can force it to do so by typing a short string of random characters and then pressing F7. To configure the spelling checker, click Main menu ⁄ Tools ⁄ Configure spell check.