Enable spell checking in Firefox text input fields

Jun 6, 2007 - 10 Comments

Here’s a tip that I think you’ll appreciate as much as I do. By editing an entry within the about:config configuration menu of Firefox, you can enable spell checking in text input fields, meaning as you type into Google, your search term will be spell checked client-side! I type pretty fast so I frequently end up with typos, so this is a real life saver for me. Why isn’t this on by default? I don’t know, but here’s how to turn on Firefox text input field spell checking in three easy steps.


Enabling spellchecking in Firefox text input fields in three easy steps

  1. In the URL bar, type about:config and hit return
  2. Now filter for the configuration, by typing layout.spell
  3. Double-click layout.spellcheck.Default and change the value from 1 to 2
  4. That’s it! Like most Firefox tips, this works across all platforms, so don’t forget to enable it elsewhere.

As you can see in the Google screenshot, typos within the text input fields will now be underlined in red.

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Firefox, How to, Mac OS X, OS X Apps, Tips & Tricks

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  1. furytab says:

    nice tip i enabled it

  2. santaram says:

    nice tip, and i recommend spell check.

  3. mike says:

    I don’t seem to have the option. when i filter i don’t get that layout.spell option.

    what’s wrong?

  4. Callaway says:

    Don’t have my MAC at work, but I know or at least am pretty sure the Win32 version of Firefox has this enabled by default. Or at least the 2.0 fork does. Pretty sure the OS X version should too…

  5. Alex Rieneck says:

    Another hint that does not work on Firefox 1.5+ My guess is that this one (too) only works on Firefox 2 and above, which I don’t have due to its many irritant bugs. It would be nice if these “how-tos” mentioned which versions they worked on… it would save me time, I know that.

  6. Gringras says:

    Cool! Just the ticket. Thanks.

  7. Butcher says:

    does not work with firefox 3.03 :(
    any hints on that?

  8. grapeofwrath says:

    Worked for me. Be sure to use the filter at the top of the page and not the ctrl _ F or command + f to search.

  9. Cool! Just the ticket. Thanks.

  10. nimd4 says:

    “My guess is that this one (too) only works on Firefox 2 and above, which I don’t have due to its many irritant bugs.”

    ^^ & it hasn’t stopped since then, unfortunately; hopefully 1 of these days, we’ll get the good ol’ browser back. :)

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