Google Chrome already has a solid built-in spell check. In fact, Google just release delivered some major improvements to the tool in Chrome 26. In a future version of the browser, Chrome will even have autocorrect functionality.
Right now, Chrome‘s autocorrect is hidden behind a flag. You can head to about:flags and search for autocorrect to flip the switch, but it doesn’t appear to have any effect at the moment. It’s possible that Google hasn’t wired up the back end just yet, or that autocorrect is dependent on another flag.
To utilize autocorrect, you’ll also need to make a couple changes to Chrome’s spell check settings. The easiest way to do this is to mistype something in a text field (like the Geek.com search box) and right-click it. On the context menu, check both Ask Google for suggestions andAutomatically correct spelling. You can also find the toggles in Chrome’s settings by searching for spell and clicking the Languages and input settings button.
Once Chrome autocorrect is given the green light, you’ll never have to worry about misspellings in your browser ever again. You may, however, need to be on the lookout for autocorrect disasters — but those are almost always much for fun than dangerous.
As innovative a browser as Chrome might be, Google was beaten to the punch by Microsoft (yes, really) on this one. Internet Explorer 10arrived with integrated autocorrect kung-fu when Windows 8 made its big debut.
Regardless of who was first, it’s nice to know that your browser-based text messages sent via services like ZipWhip can be cleaned up just like they are on your smartphone or tablet.