An impressive little utility checks individual words on a correct-as-you-type basis.


Our rating: 

License: Free (Limited features)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Spell-Checker

Pros & Cons:

Check as you type, add words as needed, low resource demands, enable and disable from the taskbar icon.
Combined American and English spelling.

Our Review:

tinySpell is an impressive little utility which checks individual words on a correct-as-you-type basis, from clipboard contents or from a query box. The 110,000 word dictionary is not enormous but more than adequate for normal use, and you can also add words to the dictionary as needed. Resource demands are modest, and the product can be easily enabled or disenabled from the taskbar icon.

It has one odd feature—the dictionary has both American and English spelling so words like "color" and "colour" both show as correct. Overall, it's quite a solid and excellent product.

tinySpell features include:

  • Checks spelling in any Windows application
  • Checks spelling on-the-fly (alerts if the last typed word was misspelled)
  • Checks spelling of text that is copied to the clipboard
  • Allows you to specify tinySpell disabled or enabled applications
  • Optionally beeps on error (beep sound can be easily set to any wav file)
  • Opens replacements list with a simple mouse click or a hot-key
  • Optionally copies the selected replacement word to the clipboard
  • Optionally inserts the selected replacement word into the document
  • Allows you to add words to the dictionary
  • Easy Enable/Disable
  • Uses little system resources.

The program offers an installer and a portable version. Its general features are available for free and good enough for average users. Additional dictionaries and more advanced features are only available in tinySpell+ but unfortunately it's commercial.

Warning: Downloads from Cnet (Download.com) now require the use of a proprietary installer.

tinySpell was reviewed by on based on version 1.9.62.