Nobody likes to make mistakes while they're writing, whether they're chatting with a friend, doing homework or typing some kind of official document. Unfortunately, whether it's a typo or a word you're not sure how to spell, mistakes happen and sometimes they even go unnoticed until it's too late. Having the right spellchecker at hand can prevent a lot of embarrassing situations, but which one to choose? Here are some of the best ones currently on the market:
Even though it's not very cheap, WhiteSmoke is one of the most appreciated spell checking tools on the market. The application is very accurate when checking for spelling, grammar, punctuation as well as style issues and doesn't only highlight the clear mistakes that you've made, but also possible ones. It uses an ever-developing AI to understand the context of your communications and works together with Word, Outlook, web browser as well as other Windows programs.
Designed to work together with Microsoft Word, Writer's Workbench is a reliable spellchecker. The application will detect spelling as well as grammatical errors, even though it won't always be right, but it's actually great at improving your overall writing style. What's really cool about this tool is a feature called STEPS, which provides interactive instructions for a better understanding of its text analysis. Additionally, it includes examples for the correct usage of over 800 words and expression commonly misused in the English language.
While not exactly a Windows tool, but an online service, Slick Write is a service worth mentioning. Its standout feature is something called the Readability Score, which uses the same metric as Google's search results filters. Honestly speaking, the spell and grammar checking algorithms aren't as accurate as the ones provided by the other applications on this list, but it makes up for it through some interesting statistics such as the average paragraph length or an approximation of the average reading time.
As far as I'm concerned Microsoft Word's embedded spellchecker is one of the most underrated tools of its kind on the market. In my experience, I've found it to be quite accurate and versatile, being able to identify spelling, grammar as well as punctuation mistakes. Additionally, the color code used to emphasize the type of error being committed is also easy to get used to. The checker itself gets better with each Word update and you can also manually customize it to teach it new words.
Of course, not making spelling mistakes is just one of the qualities that you need to have if your aim is to become a proficient writer. If you want to be the complete package, you must also be able to increase your typing speed and to stay focused on the task at hand, ignoring any distractions.