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Spell check is a powerful tool in Microsoft Office 8 Ways To Spell & Grammar Check In Microsoft Word Using Different Dictionaries & Languages 8 Ways To Spell & Grammar Check In Microsoft Word Using Different Dictionaries & Languages Microsoft Word's built-in spelling and grammar checking tools can be customized to meet your needs. You can even use AutoCorrect to speed up your typing. Read More , but you don’t get its autocorrect functionality across Windows like you do in Android or iOS.

You’re probably more accurate with a physical keyboard on your computer than with the virtual one on your phone, but everyone still makes typos. Here’s how to get autocorrect across the board on your PC.

You’ll need the free tool AutoHotkey (AHK) for this trick. Aside from simply remapping keys Remapping: The Secret Software Solution To Increase Keyboard Productivity Remapping: The Secret Software Solution To Increase Keyboard Productivity Are you constantly hitting keys by mistake? Or do you need a keystroke or Mouse Action you are not able to execute. Unlock your keyboard with remapping software and make keys perform custom actions. Read More , this powerful utility can automate complex functions and beef up your productivity in ways you never thought possible.

Go ahead and download the autocorrect script, saving it anywhere to your computer. Once you have AHK installed, just double-click to run it and you’ll see an icon in the system tray alerting you of its presence.

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If you’d like to edit or add to the list of corrections, find the green AHK icon in your system tray, right-click it, and choose “Edit this script.” It’s probably wise to set the script to run at startup How To Add Programs To Your Startup On Windows Vista, 7 & 8 How To Add Programs To Your Startup On Windows Vista, 7 & 8 It recently came to my attention that there are people who are under the impression that to allow a program to run at startup, you'll need to either enable it in the included program's options... Read More so you don’t have to manually enable it each time you boot.

That’s it! The script contains thousands of common typos – it will erase and replace them with the correct word when you misspell one. If you look closely, you can see the script instantly rewrite the word, saving you lots of time.

Does autocorrect in Windows save you time? Have you set up any AutoHotkey scripts? If you’ve used this tool, comment with your thoughts!

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  1. Howard Blair
    October 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    While I love AutoHotKey (it was great for enabling remotes that Windows 9x and XP didn't recognize without a hugely annoying driver install), I can remember the poem that starts like this: "Eye half a spelling chequer..."

    • Ben Stegner
      October 9, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I've seen that poem, too. This isn't meant to be an all-purpose spellcheck that makes you never commit a grammar error, but rather a nice bonus that corrects common typos. Fixing typos and correcting underlying grammar issues are two totally different things.

  2. fcd76218
    October 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    "wise to est the script "
    I guess someone did not use autocorrect. Should be "wise to SET the script" :-)

    • Ben Stegner
      October 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for the catch; I'll get this fixed!

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