Review Update - Another Plus for Notepad++
by Alan German
When I wrote
about Notepad++ (http://www.opcug.ca/Reviews/notepadplus.htm) as an alternative to Windows'
Notepad, I noted that one drawback of the latter was the
lack of a spell checker. However, what I failed to
mention was that, although Notepad++ has an icon for
spell checking, and an associated menu item under
Plugins, you have to install the spell checking add-on in
order to make this function work.
In fact, when you click on spell check, a pop-up dialogue
box indicates that "GNU Aspell and/or dictionaries
are missing", with a note that the files can be
downloaded from http://aspell.net/win32/. This link takes you to a web
page that has both the main GNU Aspell program and a
variety of dictionaries in different languages.
Getting the spell checker to run is simply a matter of
downloading the program installer and one of the
dictionaries (e.g. English), both of which are executable
files, and then running the main setup file followed by
the dictionary file. Now, when you click on spell check
in Notepad++, a dialogue box will open up showing any
misspelled words in your document, or indicating that the
spell check has successfully completed.
One minor issue I have with Aspell is that it creates a
TmpInstall directory under the directory that holds the
installation files, and doesn't clean this up once the
installation has completed. No big deal in these days of
huge hard drives, but an untidy outcome for what should
be a straightforward process.
Notepad++ (Open source)
GNU Aspell for Windows (Open Source)
Kevin Atkinson and Thorsten Maerz
Originally published: December, 2008
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