How to Check Spelling in Gmail

Spot errors in a variety of languages

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Gmail's built-in spell checker is an easy way to catch mistakes while writing emails. The tool works with words written in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and many other languages. If you've never taken advantage of it, we'll show you how.

How to Use the Gmail Spell Checker

You can access Gmail's spell checker from the menu button (represented by three vertical dots) at the bottom right of each email you compose.

  1. Select the three-dotted menu button, then select Check Spelling.

    Screenshot of Gmail's built-in spell checker
  2. Immediately, spelling mistakes will appear highlighted in red. If your web browser supports spell check as well, you might also see some other indication of a spelling error, like a red squiggly line.

  3. Select any misspelled word to get a list of suggested alternatives. Alternatively, you can choose to ignore the misspelling.

    Screenshot of Gmail's built-in spell checker
  4. Once you select a word from the list, Gmail automatically swaps it with your misspelled word.

  5. Select Recheck to check your work a second time. Or, if you want to search for misspellings in another language, open the drop-down menu and pick one from the list.

    Screenshot of Gmail's built-in spell checker

The spell checker is set to Auto by default and it doesn't remember which language you choose to check spelling for. For example, you might pick French for one email, then open another one and find it's once again set to Auto. Also, keep in mind Gmail won't simultaneously spellcheck more than one language. You will need to run a check for each language individually.