Spell CheckPrint button

Spell Check allows you to detect and correct spelling mistakes in the information recorded in your family tree.

Spell check as you type

Spelling mistakes can be automatically detected as you type.  Right-clicking over a spelling mistake provides options for correcting the mistake.  You can choose from a list of suggested words, ignore all instances of the mistake until the next time you start the application, or add the word to the custom dictionary so it is no longer detected as a mistake.

Spell check as you type

Fig 1. Spell check as you type.

Global spell check

You can spell check all text in the file using the global spell check tool.  Pressing F7 will automatically load the spell check dialog.

Spelling mistakes are underlined with a squiggle.  Choose a correction from the list of spelling suggestions or type your own correction.

The Spell check tool

Fig 2. The global spell check tool.

Spell check options

Ignore: ignores the current misspelt word.

Ignore all: ignores this and future occurrences of the misspelt word.

Add word: adds the current misspelt word to the custom dictionary.  It will no longer be detected as a spelling mistake.

Change: corrects the misspelt word using the text in the Change to box.

Change all: corrects all future occurrences the misspelt word using the text in the Change to box.

Dictionary: the language of the spell-checking dictionary.

Check spelling as you type: automatically checks spelling as you type text into My Family Tree.

Spelling reform: sets the spelling reform mode.  This option is only available for French and German language dictionaries.

Ignore words beginning with a capital: ignores words beginning with a capital letter during a global spell check.

Ignore words with mixed case: ignores words with both upper and lower case letters during a global spell check.

Ignore words with all capitals: ignores words with all capital letters during a global spell check.

Ignore words with numbers: ignores words which contain numbers during a global spell check.

Ignore single letters: ignores single letters during a global spell check.

Ignore fields expected to contain proper nouns: ignores fields which are expected to contain names of places.

Custom dictionary: edit the list of words which should be omitted from spell checking.

Supported languages

Spell checking capabilities are available for languages in the 'Language & region' languages list. To add extra languages, click "Add a language" in the 'Language & region' section of the Settings app.  Choose your preferred spell check language and wait for the download and installation of the feature to complete.  The next time you start My Family Tree, any new languages will be available for use in spell check.

Open 'Language & region' in the Settings App