Thursday, April 11, 2013

Consider Yourself Properly Corrected

by Dietrich Schmitz

You know, I thought years ago when I was using WordPerfect 4.2 for DOS in the early 1980's, how great that we can have our documents scanned for spelling errors and correct them from a computer dictionary.  Marvelous technology then and now ever so common place, pretty much part of the landscape everywhere you go.  Today, we accept as the standard that, even your browser, will dynamically highlight spelling errors. (Image right credit:

Still, one must manually take corrective action for those words with a squiggly red underline.  Sometimes, I forget and they go unnoticed until after I publish a story--which is embarrassing, and I quickly go in and correct them hoping they won't be seen.

Now, even better, Google Chrome 26 will automatically correct spelling errors.

Go to url chrome://flags to enable Chrome's new Automatic Spelling Correction feature

How cool is that?  Very, I'd say.

So, type into your Google Chrome omnibar this url: chrome://flags

Then, per the depiction above, scroll down a bit to find Automatic Spelling Correction, click on the 'Enable' link, then at the bottom extent of your browser's canvas press the 'Relaunch Now' button to restart your browser and have fun watching Chrome correct your silly absent-minded typos, on the fly.

Consider yourself properly corrected.

-- Dietrich

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  1. Great feature. I'm running Chrome 26.0.1410.63 for Fuduntu 2013.2 Linux and have enabled this feature along with two others that I think will come in handy. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I have no doubt that this will not long from now be activated by default. Another feature which appears to be convenient, but ultimately will make one even less able to spell correctly.

    BTW: your "cloud categories" in the sidebar seem to be horribly broken, as they eat up all of my CPU (I'm using Google Chrome).

  3. Yes, I see that. It pegs my cpu. Will have to do something about that. I have 'one-click' enabled which means, by default, all flash components are not activated unless I explicitly click on them. I presume you have that enabled.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

  4. Eh. I don't care for autocorrect. To each his own, though.