Spelling Tools

Dictionary and Thesaurus
License: Donation $10.00 Last Reviewed: 2013-02-05
Version: 5.2.1792 – Released: 2013-02-04 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Previous release is freeware Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus is a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language. It runs locally, and does not use your Internet connection. The program offers a unique structured display, as well as wildcard search, anagram search and more. You can copy the entire lookup, or portions of it to the clipboard, switch between results using the tabbed interface, and customize the interface to your preference.”
Anchor Link Dictionary .NET
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-08
Version: 5.9.4877 – Released: 2013-05-08 Windows: All, incl. 8
File Size: 535 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
Requires: .NET Framework 4.0 Portable
“Dictionary .NET is a tiny, easy and smart multilingual dictionary translating from/to 65 languages using Google’s services. Integrates Google Dictionary, Translate, Search, Suggest, Virtual Keyboard, Text To Speech, Wikipedia search, Bing wallpaper and more Google APIs without installing them. Features:
• Translate selected text with a hotkey
• Full-Text Translation
• Text suggestions
• Single click without selected text
• Translate documents
• Translate a web page
• Multilanguage List
• Wikipedia Search”
Anchor Link Dictionary.com
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-09-03
On-line search dictionary and thesaurus — links to Roget’s Thesaurus, other language dictionaries, translator, writing resources and more…
Anchor Link FreeSpell
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-09-03
Version: 4.5 – Released: 2009-02-17 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 2.7 MB
“FreeSpell is a spell checker for any and all Windows applications. You can use it in Eudora, in Microsoft Outlook, Symantec Visual Cafe, and even in Windows Explorer when renaming files. Anything that supports the clipboard supports FreeSpell, and all it takes is a hotkey to invoke it. Just as important, FreeSpell is based upon the Aspell engine, which means it offers the best spell checker around for people with weak spelling skills (as well for people who just need a quick proofreader). Aspell is full featured as well, with a large default dictionary, and custom dictionary support.”
Anchor Link ieSpell
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-09-03
Version: – Released: 2010-02-20 Windows: All
File Size: 2.0 MB Requires: IE 5.0 and later
“ieSpell is a freeware Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for heavy web mail and/or forum users. Even if your web mail or forum already includes spell checking functionality, you might still want to install this utility because it is definitely much faster than a server-side solution. Plus you get to store and use your personal word list across all your web mails and/or forums, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application.
“The program installs as a new button in the IE toolbar (as well as a new menu item under ‘Tools’) – after filling a form, just hit the ieSpell button and it pops up a dialog, similar to the MS Word spell check. ieSpell also works (right-click menu only) on other IE based browsers such as SlimBrowser, CrazyBrowser, MSN, MyIE, etc.”
Anchor Link Merriam-Webster Toolbar
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-03
Windows: 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP
Requires: IE or Firefox
“The Merriam-Webster Toolbar becomes a part of your Internet Explorer browser toolbar so you can instantly look up words in our Merriam-Webster Dictionary or Thesaurus no matter where you are on the Web. It’s a snap to install and even easier to use-and it’s free. Here are some of its exciting features: Adds a search box to your browser for quick and easy lookups; No need to type-just highlight a word on a Web page and click; Results display in a new browser window so you don’t lose your page; Fully customizable with multiple display options; Dictionary appears in your right-click menu for speedy searches; Quick link to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day; Integrates with your IE browser so it’s there whenever you need it. The Toolbar does not work with Netscape or the AOL browser.”
Anchor Link Speckie
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-25
Version: 5.8.0 – Released: 2013-03-22 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 3.51 MB
“Ever since Internet Explorer was created, it has lacked an essential feature; Real Time spell check. Versoworks proudly brings you that feature, say hello to Speckie! The first and only dedicated Real-Time spell check for IE, now works with IE 9! Download your FREE copy now.”
Anchor Link Spell Checker for OE
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-03
Version: 2.1 – Released: 2003-02-12 Windows: All
File Size: 596 KB
“A free program, made to allow people to use Spell Checker in Outlook Express. This is a stand alone application, that incorporates in Outlook Express. The purpose of this program, is to supply for free the ability to use Spelling in OE, without the need to purchase other software, such as MS Word,Works, or Office.”
Anchor Link tinySpell
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-11-12
Version: 1.9.44 – Released: 2012-11-12 Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 643 KB Portable version is available here
“tinySpell is a small spell checking program, that automatically spell checks a selected word that is copied to the clipboard. You can also set tinySpell to check your spelling on the fly while you are typing and alert you by sound whenever it detects a misspelled word. The program runs in the system tray and suggests correct spellings via mouse click menu or hotkey. Additional features include a private dictionary and an auto-replacement feature. Unique and compact, great for quick spell checking.
“tinySpell comes in two variants: tinySpell (totally free), and tinySpell+ (almost free). While tinySpell+ is not a freeware you can buy a tinySpell+ license for as little as $10 (actually, you pick your price starting at $10). The two variants are similar but tinySpell+ has some useful features that are not found in tinySpell.”
Anchor Link WordWeb
License: Free – Pro $19.00 Last Reviewed: 2012-07-30
Version: 6.8 – Released: 2012-07-30 Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 19.1 MB Portable install option in Setup
“WordWeb is a cut-down version of the WordWeb Pro that is free for personal use. It includes a comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary, and can be used to look up words from within most programs. Features of the free version include:
¤ Definitions and synonyms;
¤ Proper nouns;
¤ Related words;
¤ 5000 audio pronunciations;
¤ 65,000 text pronunciations;
¤ 150,000 root words;
¤ 120,000 synonym sets;
¤ Look up words in almost any program;
¤ Fixed web reference tabs.
“In addition to all the free version features, the full Pro version includes 5000 more definitions and numerous extra features including:
¤ 70,000 audio pronunciations
¤ Custom web references
¤ Custom glossaries
¤ Optional third-party dictionaries
¤ Wildcard word search
¤ Full text definition search
¤ Find and solve anagrams
¤ Search optional word lists ”