Add spell check to the three approved plain-text editors

As you're writing content in your plain-text editor, you will want to check the spelling of your work for typos and misspellings. One way to check the spelling of a webpage is to view the webpage in a browser, select and copy all the text, and then paste the text into Word. You can then use the on-the-fly spell check or the full spell-check utility in Word. Be sure not to copy text from the plain-text editor, or Word check the spelling of your tags.

While the Word method works, it does add an extra step. Fortunately, each of the approved plain-text editors for the course offers a means of checking spelling. This feature appears by default in Atom and Sublime Text, but you have to turn the feature on in Sublime Text. In Brackets, Notepad++, and Visual Studio Code, you can install a spell-checking extension to each program and then enable it to check your spelling on-the-fly. The spell-check utility in Brackets works only partially on-the-fly, but it is better than nothing.

Atom

On-the-fly spell check is a default package and should work automatically.

Brackets

To add spell check to Brackets

  1. On the File menu, click Extension Manager.
  2. In the search box, type spell-check.
  3. When the spell-check entry appears, click Install.
  4. After the Installation successful message appears, click Close.
  5. Click Close to close the Extension Manager.

To run the spell check in Brackets

  1. Type your content.
  2. When you're ready to check the spelling, click the Edit menu, and then click Check Spelling - English.

The spell-check extension only somewhat works on-the-fly. You'll need to follow the two steps above whenever you have new content you want to spell-check.

Notepad++

To install the plugin manager

  1. Install and the close Notepad++.
  2. Go to https://github.com/bruderstein/nppPluginManager/releases/tag/v1.4.9.
  3. Download the PluginManager_v1.4.9_UNI.zip file to your Downloads folder.
  4. Open File Explorer, and then navigate to the Downloads folder.
  5. Right-click the PluginManager_v1.4.9_UNI.zip file, click Extract All, and then extract the contents to the default location inside the Downloads folder.
  6. Inside the Downloads folder, open the newly extracted PluginManager_v1.4.9_UNI folder.
  7. Open the plugins folder, select the PluginManager.dll file, and then press Ctrl+C to copy the file.
  8. Using File Explorer, navigate to Drive C, and then open the following folders: Program Files (x86), Notepad++, plugins.

    Note: If your computer is using 32-bit Windows, you will use the Program Files folder instead of the Program Files (x86) folder, which won't be available on your system
  9. Press Ctrl+V to paste the PluginManager.dll file into the plugins folder, and then click Continue to complete the action.
  10. Return to the Downloads folder, and then open the PluginManager_v1.4.9_UNI folder.
  11. Open the updater folder, select the gpup.exe file, and then press Ctrl+C to copy the file.
  12. Using File Explorer, navigate Drive C, and then open the following folders: Program Files (x86), Notepad++, updater.
  13. Press Ctrl+V to paste the gpup.exe file into the folder, and then click Continue to complete the action.

To install the spell check dictionary

  1. Open Notepad++.
  2. On the Plugins menu, point to Plugin Manager, and then click Show Plugin Manager.
  3. On the Available tab, locate and select the DSpellCheck check box, and then click Install.
  4. If you receive a message that Notepad++ needs to be restarted to complete some installation steps, click Yes.
  5. Click Run, and then click Run again.
  6. Click Yes to allow the app to make changes to your device.
  7. When Notepad++ restarts, click the Plugins menu, point to DSpellCheck, and then click Setttings.
  8. Click Download Dictionaries.
  9. Select the check box for the appropriate English language dictionary, and then click Install Selected.
  10. After the dictionary has finished copying, click OK, and then click OK to close the DSpellCheck Settings dialog box.

The spell check now works on-the-fly within Notepad++.

Sublime Text

To turn on the on-the-fly spell check in Sublime Text

Visual Studio Code

To add spell check to Visual Studio Code

  1. On the View menu, click Extensions.
  2. In the Extensions panel, type spell in the Search Extensions in Marketplace box.
  3. Click Code Spell Checker, and then click Install.
  4. Click Enable.
  5. Click OK to restart Visual Studio Code.

To run the spell check in Visual Studio Code

The spell checker runs automatically once you have installed the extension and restarted the program.