Gmail has your back on spell-check. Gmail has two forms of spell-check to make sure your email messages are free of grammar mistakes and misspellings.

You know those red lines that appear under your text when a word is misspelled? That is the automatic spell-check in Gmail. The second type of spell-check is more thorough and catches more mistakes, such as proper nouns that need to be capitalized, or more complicated misspellings.

To use this second form of spell-check, watch the video above and follow the steps below.

  • When you have text ready to review in your Gmail Email Message, go to the bottom right corner of your draft and select the arrow that reads “More Options.”
  • A new menu will appear. From that menu, select Check Spelling.
  • Once you click this, Gmail will scan the text of your drafted email and find all the spelling errors, highlighting them in yellow.
  • From there, you can click each highlighted word to see the list of alternatives that Gmail suggests. You can select a replacement, or click Ignore if you want to keep the text you already have written.
    • Note that when you click on the word, you don’t need to use a right click, just a regular click.
  • If you decide to add more text to your message and want to check your spelling again, you can go back to the bottom right corner of your draft and select Recheck.
  • When you’re done with spell-check, you can click the “X” button.  

Click here to watch this video on YouTube.


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One thought on “How to Spell Check Email Messages in Gmail

  1. bill burch Reply

    Why is not gmail spell checker done on the fly? Completing your gmail composition and then clicking on a down arrow and then clicking spell check is time consuming and tedious and is usually a step that most people forget to do, which in the end makes them look foolish. Spell Check on the Fly or on the Go is a simple service…if you have competent programs to achieve this no-brainer. Example; this page shows the squiggly red line under the word ‘brainer’ as it was being typed. I see no excuse for gmail to not make this happen.

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