Microsoft Edge gets new built-in spellchecker

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  • Microsoft Edge version 83 has been updated with a built-in spellchecking tool.
  • The tool works on Windows 8.1 and later versions, including Windows 10.
  • Visit the News page to learn more about improvements coming to Windows 10 applications.
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Edge 83

Microsoft Edge version 83 has been updated with a built-in spellchecking tool. This version arrived in the stable channel last week. It was conspicuously big, bringing with it a whole bunch of new features, including automatic profile switching and the ability to sync extensions across devices.

The new Edge has been receiving feature improvements that make it a lot easier to use. Incorporating Windows Spellcheck into it will certainly enhance the typing experiencing for all users.

The new Microsoft Edge spellchecker

The spellchecking tool in Edge is now available to Windows users. Supported OS versions include Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

It appears that, users of Windows 7, which no longer receives feature improvements from Microsoft, cannot enjoy the new built-in spellchecker.

Before the update, users of Chromium browsers like Edge (on Windows) relied on third-party spellcheckers to fix typing errors. They do no longer have to do that.

What’s more, Microsoft says the feature brings better support for website addresses and extra languages and dialects. It can also fix acronyms written incorrectly.

In addition, Windows spell checking API-powered tool leverages a shared custom dictionary.

Previously, on Windows, Microsoft Edge and other Chromium browsers used open-source proofing tools for spell checking. Moving to Windows Spellcheck has a number of benefits, including support for additional languages and dialects, a shared custom dictionary, and better support for URLs, acronyms, and email addresses.

Microsoft says that most users do not have to do anything to use the feature. That’s because the tool should use the users’ Windows language settings already in place.

So you can get started with built-in spellchecking if you have already installed Edge version 83.

Other users may have to configure their language settings though. They can do that on the edge://settings/languages page.

Have you tried using the new built-in spellchecker for Microsoft Edge? As always, you can share your experience or ask any questions via the comments section below.