Spellchecking in Browsers & Pasting from MS Word

If you type quickly, or aren't a very good speller you probably value spellcheckers a great deal. Below are several ways to use spellchecking in your favorite browser, or in MS Word.

Choose the information that's right for you from the menu below.

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Pasting Text from MS Word into eLearning

Word is a popular choice for creating content - such as essays and long forum posts - before pasting them into your class area. This is especially helpful because you can use formatting and the built-in spellcheck and grammar tools in the program before posting. However, although you don't see it, content copied from MS Word usually carries a lot of proprietary coding that often does not work well when pasted into a web environment.

To help preserve formatting please make sure to include these simple steps:

1. click on the "Toolbar Toggle" button in the upper left of the formatting bar in eLearning. It looks like this:

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2. When you click on the "Toolbar Toggle" button your editing options will expand. Select the "Paste from Word" button that will be on the bottom right of the formatting bar in eLearning. It looks like this:

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3. A popup window will appear. Paste your Word text into the window (Cntrl+V is the keyboard shortcut to paste things) and click on the "Insert" button when you're done.

That's it! CAUTION: Your formatting may not translate perfectly from Word into a web interface - especially if you're using nonstandard elements such as unusual fonts.

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Spellchecking in the Chrome Browser

  • Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar. It is located in the right corner and looks like 3 stacked lines.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click on the link at the bottom that says "Show advanced settings . . ."
  • In the "Languages" section, click Languages and input settings.
  • In the Languages and Input dialog that appears, under the "Languages" list choose the language you want to use and click
  • Use this language for spell checking on the right.

  • When typing in eLearning suspected misspelled words should appear with a red line underneath them. To see alternative spellings click anywhere within the misspelled word and right-click your mouse button. You should now see proposed new spellings appear at the top of a dropdown menu. Select the spelling you'd prefer by clicking on it in the dropdown list and the old spelling will be replaced with the spelling you selected.

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Spellchecking in the Firefox Browser

Spellchecking in the Internet Explorer 10 Browser

In Internet Explorer 10 the Spellchecking feature is automatically a part of the default setting. You don't need to do anything to turn it on.