How to Check Spelling in Gmail

Using Gmail's built-in multilingual spell checker is easy

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The spell checker in Gmail is an easy way to check for spelling mistakes while you're writing emails. The tool works with words written in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and many other languages.

Gmail's spell checker is convenient for all types of users, whether you're writing an email to a potential employer or employee, or are composing messages for your weekend getaway trip with your friends. Spell check is just a couple of buttons away, and Gmail will show you each word that's spelled incorrectly and will suggest new words to use instead.

How to Use the Gmail Spell Checker

The spell checker in Gmail emails can be accessed from the small menu button at the bottom of each message.

  1. Click the stacked, three-dotted menu at the bottom right-hand side of Gmail's message box.
  2. Click Check spelling.
    1. Immediately, you'll see all the spelling mistakes highlighted in red. If your browser supports spell check, too, you might also see some other indication of a spelling error, like a red squiggly line under the words.
  3. Click any misspelled word to get a list of suggested alternative spellings.
  4. Click a different word to have Gmail automatically replace your misspelled word with a correctly spelled word.
    1. You can also click Ignore to avoid the spelling mistake.
  5. If you type more words in the email and want to check the spelling again, click Recheck at the bottom of the message box.

You can also spell check Spanish words or words from other languages from the same spell check menu. To do that, just pick which language Gmail should recognize.

  1. Follow the first two steps above to access the spell checker.
  2. Click the arrow next to Recheck.
  3. Click Espanol for Spanish, Italiano for Italian, etc.

Facts About the Gmail Spell Checker

You can use the Gmail spell checker the same way no matter how you're writing emails. You can pull up the spell checker option from a new message or one you're replying or forwarding.

The default option for the spell checker is Auto, which uses the default language set to your Google account. The spell checker also doesn't remember which language you choose to check spelling for. For example, you might pick French for one email and then open a different one to find that the option has been returned to Auto.

Gmail does not simultaneously check more than one language for spelling errors. For example, if your message is written in English with a mixture of several Spanish words, and you choose the Spanish spell check option, the tool will identify most of your English words as errors (because that's not how you spell them in Spanish).