The UVic Writer's Guide

Word Processors And Spelling Checkers

Most major word processors include a spelling checker (also known as "spell checkers," though they are not actually very good at checking the efficacy of spells). If you use one, be sure to take the time to note the words you have misspelled, especially those that are not simply typos. Remember that you may not always have the computer handy when you have to write an important letter--or exam.

You will still have to proofread carefully: there are particular kinds of typos that spelling checkers will miss (the for then, for example); and they will not be able to pick up words correctly spelled but misused (there for their).

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