Spell Check Tweak

The new inline spell checker introduced with Firefox 2 is set by default only to check multi-line text areas. What this means is if the text area is a single line (example on Delphi Forums, message and poll titles are a single line text area) you must manually select Spell check this field from the context menu. This can be fixed with a simple modification to about:config.

  • Click the about:config button (if about:config extension is installed) or open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  • In the filter field type layout.spellcheckDefault
  • Double-click on the entry and in the pop-box enter 2
  • Click OK

14 Comments on Spell Check Tweak

  1. Hi there
    I just wanted to ask a quick question about Firefox’s spell check. When I write the word “travelled” it highlights it as
    a mistake. Travelled is as far as I know correct.
    The spell check does allow “Traveled” though (with a single
    “l”) – is this american spelling that I am unaware of, or a mistake in the words database?

    Many thanks

  2. @Sam
    Looks like one of those words that could be spelled either way. The more common spelling I have seen is ‘traveled’ although ‘travelled’ is correct as well. When I did a Google search with define: travelled it reverted it to travel.

  3. I have the new fierfox, and speelcheck does not work. I can’t spell and I can;t find where to turn it on.

    I have done the mode you sugest but still no joy

  4. Yeaj same problem. Whats going on with spell checker?

  5. Well that is odd, just had the same thing happen to me. They must have changed something in the coding of the Spellchecker when we went to I’ll take a look around and see what I can find. Now where did I put my To-Do list?

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  7. ya i just downloaded the and the spell checker to download wont work with it, even though it says 1.0+. If anyone finds one that works please let me know! I cant spell. lol

  8. Hi, I also had trouble with this, and drove me crazy for a while. The link for the dictionary is:https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:3 simply select your language, install it, restart Firefox, and the spell checker should now work.

  9. Hows ‘Realised’ spelt guys or girls please?? Firefox’s spellchecker says it spelt.. ‘Realized’. Although I’m sure its with the ‘S’ and not the ‘Z’. Can someone comfirm this for me, all the best, Jay ( http://jay1971jay.stumbleupon.com/ )

  10. Francisco | May 15, 2008 at 2:40 PM |

    Thge british spelling is with an S, the american spelling is with a Z. So both are correct 😉


  11. barnabasnagy | February 18, 2009 at 7:56 AM |

    Hey, thanks for the post! I was googling this because I wrote on the same topic (http://is.gd/jXH5) and then I found you. Keep up the good work!

  12. Thank’s for the post! Can I share some idea with you? If you want to double check the text you’ve wrote and not sure in Mozilla spell check try to use on-line spell checkers. Just google it. If you don’t want to spend time searching for it here is the link to one of them spell check.
    Don’t believe just in browser spell checker 🙂

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