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    Better SpellChecker

    The Help says that there is a way to spellcheck a message where the corrections don't have to be inserted manually but Help doesn't tell how to activate it and I don't see any buttons or choices that would do that. What do I need to do to try out the other spellchecker?

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    Hey Bill,
    Spellchecker.net is what the Help was referring to... it had had some problems so our Admin nixed it. For now there is only the one way to check spelling.
    (Hint: If they are words that I really need suggestions for, I open Word and paste the text in there, run a spell check, then paste the "clean" version back in the post box here.)

    We are currently in the process of updating the help files to reflect this and other recent upgrades and fixes. Sorry for the inconvenience... we'll have it all sorted out soon.
    have fun

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    Sorry to leap in, O lupine one, but there's a much better way to utilize your Office spellchecker. In brief, grab the free Forum Spellchecker from my website at #90. It puts spellchecking on your RClick menu. Highly recommended. (But then, I would say that, wouldn't I?)

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    Thanks for letting me know. I probably do more typing and spellchecking offline because I *really* need it!

    Bill

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    I look it up in Atomica and then make my corrections. SpellChecker.net was nice on a fast connection, but it was useless on my dialup connection at home anyhow.
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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    Bill,

    I have found a SpellChecker that works in just about any application including forum text boxes, it is very small, fast and configurable too. A variety of different language dictionaries is offered as well. I've used this program for over 4 years and never had a problem. Best of all, it's absolutely FREE. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Take a look at it here: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.quinion.com/mqa/spell.htm>Spell Checker for Edit Boxes</A>

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    Jeff,

    It works very well! It's too bad it can't be used on WinXP - I have a new PC running WinXP Pro and I'm trying to get changed over to using it. I'll keep using this spell checker on my old PCs, though.

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    Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re

    Actually, Brian Quinion's Spell Checker for Edit Boxes can be used in WinXP, but not perfectly like it did in Win9x (and in Win3.1 before that).

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    Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re

    Which executable needs to be launched at the beginning of each session? I tried running Spell.exe and going through the steps and then the spellchecker worked the first time I clicked Ctrl-Alt-F12. However, the next time I clicked that key combination it didn't work, and running Spell.exe again doesn't seem to help either. Is there a different procedure for using this spellchecker in WinXP? I'll certainly be watching for any notice from you about a more automatic way to use it if you are successful in doing that.

    Thanks for the information.

    Bill

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    Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re

    I have a memory of a disappointed feeling that it didn't work properly in Win 2k either.

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    Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re

    Well, with Steve's help, I managed to get Spell Checker to launch (and then close) on Startup, but as you found, the crucial DLL does not stay loaded in memory as a TSR as it did in Win3.x and Win9x. Bummer.

    What that means is that in order to use Spell Checker for Edit Boxes after the first few minutes of a given session in WinXP, you must somehow load that DLL. There are several ways to do that, but I haven't found an 'acceptable' (quick and easy) way to do this. Sorry.

    If anyone's still interested, this is the script I used to launch the executable and then (usually, but not always) close it again at Startup. If you want to work on this, highlight, copy and then paste the following text into a plain text file, and then save it as a VBS file (something like RUNSPELL.VBS). Place the script in your Spell Checker directory and create a shortcut to it in your Startup folder. Then, modify the path to the executable to meet your needs.

    Dim wsh, oSpeller
    Set wsh = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    Set oSpeller = wsh.Exec("D:UtilsTextSpellChkspell.exe")
    WScript.Sleep 10000
    oSpeller.Terminate
    Set wsh = Nothing


    If the script doesn't close Spell Checker after it's been launched on startup, fiddle with the sleep time. (The current setting of "10000", or ten seconds, worked for me.)

    Having tried all I know within my limited capabilities to get Spell Checker for Edit Boxes to work in WinXP, I feel comfortable that I succeeded in discovering what wouldn't work. I don't feel as though I failed. I know that it hardly worked, if it worked at all in Win2K.

    The beauty of all this is that I still have <A target="_blank" HREF=http://members.home.net/scotterpops/enhancements/enhancements9g.html#spellit>Steve Yandl's Spell Checker for IE</A> to use, which works flawlessly in WinXP (much better than it did in Win2K).

    It's been fun!

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    Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re: Better SpellChecker-MULTI-Re

    I really like the idea behind Steve Yandl's Spell Checker for IE! That would be very useful in a lot of situations and it avoids the problems in WinXP you have been trying to solve for the other spell checker. I've downloaded it and I'll install it a try it out soon.

    Thanks for letting me know.

    Bill

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    It seems to work well under Win98.

    My only problem so far is that it seems to ignore soft-line breaks (soft returns). My standard address text includes " ... The West Mall (soft return) Toronto ...." and the spell checker treates this as " ... The West MallToronto ...." with no space at all between Mall and Toronto.

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    Chris,

    That's strange because I've never experienced what you described re: "soft breaks". My suggestion would be to send off a quick query to the support address and see what David has to say. He normally replies very quickly. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Better SpellChecker

    > send off a quick query t

    Done, with a link to this thread enclosed.

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