Thursday June 18, 2020

There are some words which spelling You may find especially difficult to remember. In my case a few examples out of a sleeve are: “consciousness”, “successfully”, “instantaneously”, “simultaneous”, “exaggerated”.

One method to memorize how to spell more difficult words correctly is to use live spell-checking feature in Your text editor. The key is to get into a habit of typing a misspelled word once again as soon as You find that You’ve done a mistake - instead of auto-correct it and keep further writing. I find this a quick and easy way to successfully memorize more difficult words. In details it goes as follows:

  1. Once You’ve noted that You’ve misspelled a word - let it be auto-corrected but pay attention what exact error You’ve made. Then You may either delete the corrected word and try to type it correctly this time or stick to the next step.

  2. The next time You’ve made the mistake You can try to fix it by hand instead of using auto-correction. Note carefully when the word is not consider a misspelling anymore - it will help You to memorize its right form.

For example, during writing this post I misspelled the word “successfully” - by putting it as “succesfully”.

Make it more memorable.

Note that the more visibly misspellings are marked - the easier You may memorize the correct form, thanks to distinct visual difference between a misspelled and a correctly spelled word. Some apps, like Notepad++ or LIbreOffice Writer, let You to set Your own color for underlining misspellings:

In Notepad++:

  1. Find out whether You already have a spell-checking mechanism installed within Notepad++: pull out the Plugins menu to determine is the DSpellCheck item there? If so, skip to step 4 - otherwise continue with step 2.
  2. Download the newest release of DSpellCheck plugin from this site. “DSpellCheck_x86.zip” is meant to be used under 32-bit Windows, while “DSpellCheck_x64.zip” under 64-bit Windows.

To determine whether You use 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, use Win key+Pause/Break - You’ll find this information within the “View basic information about your computer” window which should appear, under “System/System type”.

  1. Extract the .zip file - You should see the “DSpellCheck.dll” file - copy or move it into C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins\DSpellCheck. Relaunch Notepad++.
  2. Go to Plugins › DSpellCheck › Settings... › Advanced (tab) › Underline Style. Note that You can set up both the underlining color and style (I prefer “Squiggle”).
  3. Confirm by Apply/Ok.

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In LibreOffice Writer:

  1. In LibreOffice Writer or LibreOffice’s start window, go to settings (Alt+F11) › Application Colors › AutoSpellcheck.
  2. Set a color You prefer and confirm by Apply/Ok.
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