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Spell Check Internet Explorer

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of editing my writing knows that while I'm an excellent creative writer who deserves some sort of award, I'm also a sloppy typist. Entering text in forms and fields in Internet Explorer is excruciating for me because of the lack of a built-in spell checker.

Well, if you're like me, you no longer need jump ship to Firefox just for spell checking, because I've got a free spell checker add-on for IE for you right here.

iespell is a spell checker for Internet Explorer which is free for personal use. Installation is fast and easy, and you can invoke the spell checker from the menu, a toolbar button, or the right-click context menu.

It's pretty much what you'd expect from a spell checker: It offers alternatives from a built-in dictionary, and you can enter a new spelling if you don't see what you're looking for. I especially like the fact that you can add new words to a custom dictionary.

iespell's most vexing limitation is that it doesn't check spelling in real-time as you type - there are no red squiggles letting you know you're a bad typist. You need to trigger iespell manually when it's time to spell check. That's not so bad, but it is a manual step you'll need to remember.

I've actually switched to iespell from IE7Pro, which has a spell checker and a host of other features, but had enough other annoyances that I found it was not worth the trouble. [via HowToGeek]