How to Spell Check Yahoo! Mail Messsages

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Spelling mistakes in email messages are embarrassing and best avoided. Yahoo! Mail does not include a built-in spell checker but that doesn't mean you can't check the spelling another way.

Fortunately, most web browsers, like Firefox and Chrome, have built-in spell checkers that do a pretty good job at checking for errors as you type. When an error is found, a squiggly line is shown below the problem word so that you can right-click it for word suggestions.

Spell Check Yahoo! Mail Messages

Since the method for spell check is different for each web browser, follow these instructions next to the browser you want to use with Yahoo! Mail:

  • Firefox: From the Firefox menu, choose Options > Advanced > General and then put a check in the box next to Check my spelling as I type.
    • There are plenty of language packs you can download for Firefox if you want to add a new dictionary to the browser.
  • Chrome and Opera: Right-click the text field in the body of the message to find the Spellcheck menu; make sure the Check the spelling of text fields option is enabled.
    • From that menu, choose Language settings to open the Languages screen in Chrome. Make sure the option called Use this language for spell checking is enabled. From that screen, use the Add button to include other spell check language packs and use the Custom spelling dictionary link to add or remove your own dictionary entries.
  • Safari: From the body portion of the Yahoo! Mail message, right-click the text area and make sure the Check Spelling While Typing option is enabled in the Spelling and Grammar menu. This can also be enabled through the Edit menu.
    • You can optionally check for grammar mistakes too if you enable the option called Check Grammar With Spelling.
    • Choose Show Spelling and Grammar from the same menu if you want to change the dictionary Safari uses for spell check or if you want to move through each word individually to see word suggestions one at a time.