Customizing the Spell Check Dictionary

Within the OU CampusWYSIWYG Editor there is a built in spell checker. Provided that this feature is available in the selected toolbar being used, utilizing the spell checker before publishing a page helps increase the professionalism of the site. Currently the spell checker supports five languages, each with its own custom dictionary. The current languages supported are: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

New and custom words can be added to the spell check dictionary on a per site basis. This is a useful tool for organizations with a set of custom words they do not want to appear marked as misspelled after running the spell checker in the WYSIWYG Editor. Custom words that have been added to a site’s dictionary will be omitted by the spell checker tool in the WYSIWYG Editor for any page within that site. Keep in mind that it is possible that the spell checker in an individual′s browser may still mark the word as misspelled. If a word has been added to the dictionary, and it is still being marked as misspelled, check the browser's spell check settings.

Users can override the default language, and set the dictionary they want to use for an individual page from the spell checker tool in the WYSIWYG toolbar. Simply check the language desired.

To use the spell checker, simply click on the ABC spell check icon in the WYSIWYG Editor.

Select the language for the spell check tool


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Adding Words

Adding custom words to the spell check dictionary is available dependent upon authority level. It is included automatically for Level 9 and 10 and it can be made available to Level 1 and above users by an administrator in Setup.

To utilize this feature, in the WYSIWYG Editor simply click the spell check icon to find any misspelled words. Then click the misspelled word that should be added, and "Add to dictionary." When adding new words to the custom dictionary, they will get added to the dictionary of the language that is set for the spell checker tool. Unless set differently by an Administrator, the default language is English. 

Add word to spell check dictionary


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Browser Specific Spell Check vs. OU Campus Spell Check

In the WYSIWYG Editor misspelled words can still appear underlined in red (indicating a misspelled word), even after they've been added to the dictionary. The reason for this is that many modern browsers have spell-as-you-type or automatic spell-checking capabilities built-in. This can lead to some confusion as to whether or not a word has in fact been added to the dictionary. To eliminate this problem it can be helpful to turn off the browser's spell-as-you-type functionality.

Access the Help documentation on spell check for Firefox and Google Chrome. Safari also has a built in spell checker. Internet Explorer requires an add-on. Keep in mind that this is not all-inclusive of all available browsers, add-ons, or applications for spell checker options. Should the information needed not be listed in this help document, please see the help documentation for the browser, add-on, or application being used.


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Disabling Automatic Spell Checking in Firefox

By default, Firefox is configured to automatically check spelling. It can be turned off in the Preferences window:

  1. At the top Firefox menu bar, click on the Tools > Options on Windows or Preferences on the Mac.
  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. Clear the checkbox labeled Check my spelling as I type.
  5. Click OK.
Disable automatic spell checking in Firefox


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Disabling Automatic Spell Checking in Safari

By default, Safari is configured to automatically check spelling. Turn it off on the Edit menu:

  1. At the top Safari menu bar, click Edit.
  2. Click Spelling and Grammar.
  3. Click Check Spelling While Typing (the checkmark is removed).

Alternatively, right-click on the misspelled word, and select Spelling and Grammar from the shortcut menu.

Disable automatic spell checking in Safari


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