Chrome Introduces Cloud-Based Spell Check

By Oliver VanDervoort April 01, 2013

Chrome has released a brand new update to add to its long list of features, and this one could be one of the most welcomed. Google has rolled out a function allowing you to “ask Chrome for suggestions” when spelling a word.

While this might seem like a small update for people used to using Microsoft Office, it’s certainly one that will come in handy for all Chrome users.

One of the ways in which Chrome is practicing this service differently is a big one: Instead of having some sort of built-in dictionary that is stable and in one place, like Microsoft Office, Chrome is actually checking a database in the cloud. Because the grammar and spell checking service references the right spelling based on context, as well as flat misspelling of a word, this can come in handy as the English language changes slightly.

It also means celebrities’ names can be changed when one person spells their name differently from another.

Should you choose to teach Chrome a certain way to spell a name or word, that “lesson” will be synced by using the cloud to any other device on which you use Chrome. That means you’ll have a better chance of spelling a word or name right every time you attempt it.

Chrome is already widely considered the most accurate spellchecker out there. Being able to actually sync the service across multiple devices is only going to make it better.

At the moment, there are still a few limitations to the new addition. The spellchecker works on Windows, the Chrome operating system and Linux. The one OS not currently supported by this service is Apple, but it is in the pipeline.

Edited by Braden Becker

Contributing Writer

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