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How to enable Microsoft’s Windows spellcheck on Google Chrome

Yesterday, Microsoft announced an improved spellcheck experience on Chromium web browsers. The new spellcheck replaces Hunspell, which is an open-source spellcheck tool available for all the web browsers.

Microsoft has claimed that their spellcheck is better than Hunspell and includes feature such as “additional languages and dialects, a shared custom dictionary, and better support for URLs, acronyms, and email addresses.” The new spellcheck is enabled by default on Microsoft Edge version 83 or later but Google has not enabled the feature on Chrome. If you are using Google Chrome then you can follow the steps below to take advantage of Microsoft’s spellcheck:

  • Launch Google Chrome (version 83 or later) and type “chrome://flags” in the address bar.
  • Type “Use the Windows OS spell checker” in the search bar.
  • Click on the drop-down menu and select Enable.

  • Relaunch the web browser.

This should enable Windows spellcheck on Google Chrome. Google is also offering an option to use both Windows and Hunspell spellchecks. If you would like to enable hybrid spellcheck then you can search for “Use hybrid spell checking on Windows” in Chrome flags page. Do note that you will need to enable Windows OS spellcheck first to take advantage of the hybrid spellcheck on Google Chrome. The hybrid spellcheck will first use Windows spellcheck and if the language is not supported, it will fall back on Hunspell.

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