Notepad++ is an upgraded notepad application that provides a lot of functionality past the typical notepad application in Windows. Not only does it provide a tab system to view multiple files easily at the same time but it provides functionality to open and edit many more file types. To add spellcheck to Notepad++ you will need to download and install Aspell which you can complete by using the directions below.

Install SpellCheck For Notepad++ On Windows:

  1. Download Aspell: Visit Aspell’s web site here, download the full installer, and at least one precompiled dictionary. Make sure you are installing the win32 versions of each file.
  2. Install Aspell: Now double click on the Aspell full installer which will be titled something like Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe. This will launch the installer and you will have to click Next a few times and choose what icons you also want installed. Keep the default location for the installation which will be C:\Program Files\Aspell.
  3. Install Dictionary: Now double click on the precompiled dictionary you have downloaded which in my case was the English dictionary and the file name was Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe. This will install an English dictionary into Aspell and allow you to start using it. You can install multiple dictionaries if you would like to spellcheck in multiple languages.
  4. Configure Notepad++: Now click on Notepad++ and it will ask the location of Aspell so type the following into the location field minus the quotes, “C:\Program Files\Aspell\bin”.
  5. Test Spellcheck: Now restart Notepad++, enter some text into a new file, and click the spellcheck button to see if it is working.

That is all that is required to have spellcheck begin to work with Notepad++. Remember that in the future if you install an application that needs some form of spellcheck you will more than likely be able to use Aspell.

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100 Responses to “Install Spellcheck for Notepad++ on Windows”
  1. Grateful Al says:

    Thank you!

    It seems silly, but the question I had was whether to install the Aspell in Notepad++ directory or install as it set in the download.

    I had to go to three “selling” sites to find yours and a straight answer.

    I will be sure to keep you as a reference source. You seem to ‘keep it simple’ and straightforward. I like that alot!

    GratefulAl

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Grateful Al,

    Thanks a lot for the comments. Really glad to hear it helped you out!~

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  2. Ken says:

    I am still having trouble making the spell check to work. Aspell has been installed and I added the proper path… C:\Program Files\Aspell\bin (though nothing with the name “bin” is located in that directory). Any thought what might be happening?

    Thanks.

    Ken

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  3. Ken says:

    Two follow-up points.

    The program says to find a path to aspell-15.dll. That file doesn’t exist in the library. Second, I noticed at the place of download that this English version of the spell check is copyrighted. How might these factors play into my difficulty, if any?

    Thanks again!

    Happy Labor Day!

    Ken

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Ken,

    If there is not a bin folder in the C:\Program Files\Aspell directory then Aspell is not installed properly. Are you logged in with an administrator and you are sure you have access to view all files in this directory?

    I am not sure how the fact that the application is copyrighted could be causing your issue. Did you run into errors during installation?

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  4. pankaj says:

    hi alex,
    i have also the same problem, installed the aspell, change the relative path as you mention, but still it say the same error that please change the relative path, one more point here to be noted is that in background one more menu is coming says current word and suggestion(which are blank). No error message cmae during installation.
    Any idea of cause of problem.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello pankaj,

    Where you able to get this working? If Aspell is installed and you have verified the path I am not sure what is going on. Could you list any configuration info that would assist with resolving your problem?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. noone says:

    Thanks for the helpful tip. Apparently I skipped some instructions causing me problems. It’s all fixed now and works great!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello noone,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    Alex

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  6. Maze says:

    Same issue i point it to the correct directory and it still tells me It’s missing

    I can see the file there and it still throws errors

    C:\Program Files\Aspell\bin

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Maze,

    What are the permissions of the file in question? Is it possible you are trying to install from a non administrator user? If you can post an image of file permissions and settings and provide any other details you can think of we may be able to assist.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Wandermust says:

    I’m having the same problem as Ken, Maze, et.al. I’m on Windows 7. The thing simply is not working.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Wandermust,

    I currently don’t have Windows 7 to test with this however I do have a laptop on the way with Windows 7 installed on it. It should be here in a week or so and once it is I will be installed many things one of which is Notepad++ with Spellcheck. Check back in the next week and I should have a solution or at least instructions on how to install Spellcheck with Notepad++ on Windows 7.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. Kap says:

    Hi,

    I am having trouble getting it installed?

    I think aspell installed correctly because i see the aspell directory with a bin subdirectory. But how do i know if the english dictionary was successfully installed?

    Thanks.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Kap,

    You should be able to see the dictionary files installed in the Aspell\dict directory which should be something like “C:\Program Files\Aspell\dict”. The en-only.rws file should be about 4MB and also have a english.alias file with it.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  9. al says:

    I am facing the same problem…Then I uninstall notepad++ and aspell too…not .dll file or a folder called bin and I am using the installer as an admin…What could go wrong..I really need the notepad++ working for my project…

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  10. al says:

    I have complained that I couldn’t find the bin but after installing the file you have linked here..I found the bin…but still when I have notify the path in the notepad++ ; the same problem….what might go wrong…Really need some help…

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello al,

    What is the exact error you are seeing? Have you installed the Aspell dictionary file for your language?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  11. al says:

    Sorry to disturb you Alex… my spell checker is now working after correct installation of aspell…First time I missed the aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe file…And that is the problem. Though I found the bin but no file there…Now its working perfect as yours. Thanks for giving me time..

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    alex Reply:

    Hello al,

    Great! So installing the dictionary resolved the problem for you? I recently receieved a new laptop and did the exact thing… I installed Aspell and not the dictionary. It took me a minute to realize.. wait I forgot to install the dictinary file! Anyways glad to hear that your Notepad++ is working with Spell Check now.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  12. al says:

    Really funny but I must say lot to learn from a mistake…

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello al,

    Very true. Very true. If you have any other technical questions feel free to ask them on Engage. Our new site that lets the community ask and answer any technical questions. Let me know what you think of it.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  13. al says:

    Really alex I have been to “Engage” and saw your logo there too…It’s a bit new to me though; I mean the site… I haven’t seen such a site…I will look farther more and let you know about what I really feel. I have lot’s of questions to ask too…So I think I will be hanging around…and try to be a member of engage…is that OK alex. And by the way feel free to mail me directly if any time you just want to say hi or hello…don’t hesitate..

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    alex Reply:

    Hello al,

    Yes it would be great if you have technical questions and ask them on Engage. That is the purpose of the site so end users can participate and ask questions as well.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  14. al says:

    I saw a question of yours saying what is the core difference between vista and win7…a bit like that…I am preparing an answer for that but alas! You know I am having some difficulties in my PC..It’s not working..When I got home my sister told me that when she turn the PC on, she just heard a sparking sound from the PC and didn’t see any display and when she again trying to turn the monitor on…the same sound. I am guessing it might be a problem of the power supply…don’t know yet and can’t get my works done too…sorry but thanks for your reply.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello al,

    No problem on the reply. I look forward to your Windows operating system comparison.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  15. sorin says:

    Currently Notepad++ is not able to proper detect Aspell installation (at least on Windows 7 x64) . I added a bug related to this at:
    https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=2948473&group_id=95717&atid=612382

    Please vote/comment it if you encounter the same problem.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sorin,

    I hadn’t even realized I had this problem on my newest laptop running Windows 7 x64 but sure enough I do. I added a comment.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  16. Rose says:

    I followed the instructions for installation, but it doesn’t work. Windows XP, NP 5.3.1, latest Aspell and dictionary installed. It runs the spellcheck but immediately prompts that it’s done, without detecting any errors.

    Any help appreciated. :)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Rose,

    Aspell definitely works with Notepad++ on Windows XP so the good news is you should be able to resolve your issue. What dictionary do you have installed for Aspell? It almost sounds like Aspell is not checking against a dictionary which is why you are not receiving any spelling errors.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Rose Reply:

    Thank you for being so helpful and sorry for my incredibly late reply. I updated NP++ and that solved the problem. I guess we’ll never know what was going wrong before. ;)

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Rose,

    No problem at all. We appreciate the response and we are definitely happy to hear that you were able to resolve your issue. Hopefully if others run into issues with Notepad++ they will first upgrade the Notepad++ software to the latest version to see if that resolves their issue.

    Thanks again for taking the time to leave feedback and then coming back to let us know what resolved your issue with Notepad++.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  17. Gareth says:

    Thanks for the tips, is there any news on an updated Aspell version 0.60? Seems Windows users are stuck on a three year old version.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Gareth,

    No problem. I don’t know anything about Aspell version 0.60 but I would be interested to know when it is available. Have you emailed the developers to see if you can get a response?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  18. Gareth says:

    No I haven’t emailed them yet. Although I’ve dug around on their mailing list, seems like the only way to upto date is to compile it yourself. That I haven’t delved into, considering the Win32 port is about eight years old, probably needs a fair bit of work.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Gareth,

    I actually find it to do a great job except for the one thing which is it doesn’t play nice on Windows 7 64-Bit. I am sure there are words that could be updated but the core of the dictionary is probably really similar to what it was 5 years ago. Anyway on Windows XP 32-Bit it has worked great for me and without issue.

    Anyway if you do find an update on if the source will be ported soon we would love to know about it.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  19. Emauher says:

    It would be nice if it could show me the misspelled words. Every time I want to check the document, I have to skip all the special names and abbreviations to catch a really misspelled word.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Emauher,

    Can you not add the abbreviations/etc. to the dictionary so over time it will automatically require less skipping past various words/abbreviations/etc. This is pretty much standard for any spell checker isn’t it?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  20. L.T. says:

    I tried to install the Aspell Dictionary today, but McAfee Enterprise Edition OAS says that the aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe files comes with the Artemis!137048610184 Trojan. Any thoughts on where I can get a non-trojan version?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello L.T.,

    I would doubt that the dictionary file provided by the Aspell site is infected. What language did you download the dictionary file for? If it continues to say it is infected I might try scanning it with a different virus software and if after doing so the other virus software still says that the file is infected then I would use the contact information on the Aspell site to notify them that you think one of the dictionary files may be infected.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  21. zan says:

    thank you. I couldn’t find this detailed info in the N++ wiki or forum. spell checker working well on XP

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello zan,

    No problem at all. Is the XP 32-Bit? I believe the issue relates to spellcheck on 64-bit.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  22. zan says:

    yup. 32 bit. I was about to scrap N++ before I found your site.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello zan,

    Awesome. N++ is awesome so glad you got it working. I am hoping that the spellcheck plugin is updated for 64-bit eventually. :) Have a good one.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  23. fleet1ng says:

    Works like a charm, thanks for sharing. =)

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello fleet1ng,

    No problem at all. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  24. NeoFax says:

    Does not work on a Windows 7 64-bit system as the ASpell Dictionaries end up in some magical folder somewhere other than C:\Program Files (x86)\Aspell\data as they should. I have even looked in my AppData temp folder while running the dictionary install file.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello NeoFax,

    Yeah there has been a lot of discussion regarding the Windows 7 64-Bit issues. Hopefully it will be resolved in the future. If you end up coming up with a solution please let us know what it is in the comments so others will benefit from the knowledge.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  25. NeoFax says:

    Well, I did get mine working, but it was a PITA. Here is how to get it working:

    1) After downloading and installing the main program, download the dictionary of your choice.
    2) Run the setup file for the dictionary file.
    3) Now, here is where it becomes a PITA. Find where the setup file extracted the contents of the packed exe to. In my case it was C:\Users\%UserName%\Download\TmpInstall. Yours may be a different location.
    4) Copy the contents inside TmpInstall to your ASpell directory and allow it to overwrite what it needs to.
    5) Restart Notepad++ and Spell Checking should now work.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello NeoFax,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave the above instructions! I am going to test this out in a bit but I am sure the above information will help others.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  26. wannabe says:

    where does one get the dictionary?

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    wannabe Reply:

    Nevermind, I’m an idiot.

    Thanks,
    w

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    alex Reply:

    Hello wannabe,

    No problem. Thanks for following up. :)

    Thanks.
    alex

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  27. wannabe says:

    Just wanted to stop back by and express my gratitude for the instructions here. I’ve tried at least 5 times over the last few years to get spell-checking going in notepad++ and just never found anything that worked. It was, by far, my biggest irritation with what is otherwise a great free editor.

    Anyway, thanks again!

    w

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    alex Reply:

    Hello wannabe,

    No problem. We appreciate you taking the time to post such a nice response. We hope you find other articles on our site useful and also hope you check back often for new articles. We attempt to write at least one article a day at a minimum and many times write many articles every day. Any and all feedback is welcome!

    Glad the article helped you get spellcheck working properly with Notepad++.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  28. kaykhanittha says:

    This si useless, this is not a real time spellchecker as in Firefox or Word !

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    alex Reply:

    Hello kaykhanittha,

    Well actually its not useless. At least there is spellcheck capabilities and someone took the time to generate a plugin that doesn’t cost a penny.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  29. kaykhanittha says:

    Do you know if any “spellcheck as you type” extension exists for Notepad++ ?

    Thanks.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello kaykhanittha,

    You are going to be on your own searching for that one as it might be useless for me to waste my time replying to you. I suggest you take the time developing a plugin that does spellcheck in real time.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  30. kaykhanittha says:

    Yes it was a good try but i would have prefered not to do anything if it was to make a so useless plugin… but thank you anyway.

    So you don’t want to tell to people that there is a lot better? Fortunately i also found the one that does like word dictionary and underlines words when i am typing.

    Cheers.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello kaykhanittha,

    Yes fortunately you did. I am glad you have time to bash peoples effort on free plugins… it must make you feel great inside.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  31. Joe says:

    Thank you for posting a straightforward guide to installing the spell checker plugin for Notepad++.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Joe,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  32. Pandora says:

    I assume everyone else was not able to use the “spell check” function after they installed the Aspell was because they forgot to install the “Dictionary” below the installer. Thanks Alex for this reminder. I was confused with the installer and the dictionary before I found this page.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Pandora,

    No problem man! Glad you got it worked out. Thanks for taking the time to post feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  33. Brian L. says:

    Thank you! Straightforward and accurate. I thought the first thing I installed already installed the English dictionary as standard, but I didn’t notice the difference between ” Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe” and ” Aspell-0-50-2-3.exe” (the actual English dictionary files). I would’ve been frustrated for hours wondering what I was missing. Thanks!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Brian,

    No problem. It is always nice to hear when someone finds our articles straightforward and accurate! Thanks so much for not only explaining the issue you ran into but also just taking the time to leave feedback!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  34. Paul says:

    Hi Brian,
    I followed your steps but when I click on spellcheck button, the spellchek configuration windows is popped up again and asks me again to setup the aspell-15.dll file again.
    I have already set it up to C:/Program Files/Aspell/bin/ but everytime I click on spellcheck button same thing happen.

    Can you help me out ?

    thanks
    Paul

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Paul,

    It is possible the DLL file doesn’t have the proper permissions. Are you still having this issue? I believe I ran into this a long time ago and ended up reinstalling to resolve the issue.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    James Reply:

    I get the same problem. It has all the permissions and I tried reinstalling both parts multiple times.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello James,

    What OS are you installing on? 32-bit or 64-bit? What version of aspell? What version of notepad++?

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  35. Max says:

    Thanks you very much! I forgot to install the dictionary that’s why it didn’t work.
    Thanks for the info.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Max,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  36. lop says:

    Thanks, The guide is great

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello lop,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  37. Hans says:

    Hi!

    Is there any spellchecker plugin which let you check spelling while writing, by some red line under the typed word?

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Hans,

    Not sure though I am pretty sure that Aspell is the most popular.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  38. Ricardo says:

    Thanks for this…if you’re trying to install Aspell spellchecker for Notepad++ in a Windows 7 machine, this is the place to look

    tips.sheringeorge.in/2011/12/enable-aspell-spellchecker-in-windows-7.html

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Ricardo,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  39. Blair says:

    Aspel 0.50 Windows XP Notepad ++ (latest). Says ANSI .dll not compatible with Unicode-8 and current version of Notepad++. Any ideas?

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Blair,

    Unfortunately I am not sure. Not using Windows nearly as much as I used to so haven’t run into that yet. If you don’t mind stop back by and let us know what the resolution is.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  40. asdf says:

    (Win 7 64bit here)
    I made the mistake of installing Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe without also installing Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe !
    So I never saw a bin directory.
    I only had a data and a dict directory inside C:\Program Files (x86)\Aspell\

    So from my experience, here’s what Win7 Notepad++ users need to do:
    1. Install Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe
    2. Install Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe
    3. Paste [ C:\Program Files (x86)\Aspell\bin ] as the path that NP++ asks for when you try to use plugins>spellcheck.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello asdf,

    Awesome. Thanks for taking the time to share the above.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    NanduS Reply:

    Thanks for the steps. It worked out me finally after long…. search.

    Win7 Notepad++ users need to do:
    1. Install Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe
    2. Install Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe
    3. Paste [ C:\Program Files (x86)\Aspell\bin ] as the path that NP++ asks for when you try to use plugins>spellcheck.

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  41. Zebouq says:

    @ NanduS

    Many Thanks, Very easy to install after reading your post. helped me a lot :)

    Regards
    Zebouq

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  42. Jan Pax says:

    How do I make wrong typed words in Notepad++/Aspell en
    to be *underlined in red*?
    Thank you, Jan Pax

    pax0 at seznam.cz
    (pax zero seznam cz)

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Jan,

    I am not familiar with a way to do this. Unfortunately since Aspell is a third party add-on there are not really settings within Notepad++. Pretty much you are able to use Spell Check or not.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  43. Jan Pax says:

    So is there any way how to make wrong spelled words in english to be red underlined in Notepad++?
    Please give url locations to any applications I need for this.
    Thank you, JP

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Jan,

    My answer would be the same one I just gave you above.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Saurav Reply:

    you can use plugin called DSpellCheck for underlining n correction of wrong word in NP++.

    For installing:

    Go to Plugins–>Plugin Manager–>Show Plugin Manager…This opens a window as plugin manager. Now click on Available tab, long list of plugins…search for DSpellCheck (Will appear..if not installed)..check it and click install. NP++ will restart.

    Go to Plugins..DSpellCheck will appear..check mark Auto-check Document. DONE!!

    I got it worked with Notepad++ v6.1.5

    Thanks

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    Jan Pax Reply:

    I proceeded as you’ve suggested. Everything went out smoothly, but the result has not been reached: nothing underlined appears, either wrong or good spelling.
    Why?
    Jan Pax

    [Reply]

  44. Fiseha says:

    Thanks, it helped

    [Reply]

  45. Bronson says:

    I have to admit that since installing Notepad++ as a Notepad replacement on my Windows box years ago I have never looked back.

    Kudos to the Notepad++ crew on an awesome product which still rocks!

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Bronson,

    Could not agree more! It has been great for me since I started using it!

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  46. buythiscomputer says:

    Hello,

    Do you know if it’s possible to add Spellcheck to Notepad++ on Windows 8 ?

    Thanks.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello.

    I have yet to do anything with Windows 8 yet so I am not sure. Once you find the answer let us know so others looking at this thread will know whats up.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  47. oscar says:

    I tried this plug-in in np++ and I noted that it slow more, I unistall it.

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello oscar,

    Interesting… I have not noticed a slowdown to date though I am typically working on a Mac running OSX lately I still do use Windows and Notepad++. I will definitely be keeping an eye out to see if it causes me any issues.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

  48. Chetan diwan says:

    activat note pad

    [Reply]

    alex Reply:

    Hello Chetan diwan,

    Activate note pad? Not sure I understand.

    Thanks.
    alex

    [Reply]

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