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Dependent on Spell Check?

Posted By Michelle Wells, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Is that mispelled misspelled? 

I am dependent on Spell Check. How about you? I’m old enough to remember when desktop computers, laptops, tablets and hand held devices were not the norm. I remember how great it was, and still is, when spell check became part of our world. When you see that little red squiggly line below a word, you know it needs some work. Then you can click on it and options for correctly spelled words appear. No more looking it up in the dictionary or asking someone else how to spell it.

How great is that? And how dependent on it have we come?

Sometimes too dependent!

What about when you’ve completed that online form for a grant or scholarship and you review it, you don’t see that red squiggly line under any words and click submit. WARNING: Not all online forms have built in editors to catch misspelled words.

Let me share some quick tips I use to help me.

The simplest solution I can recommend is to create your content in Word before submitting then copy and paste it into the form!

Ever see the instruction “Please tell us in 250 words or less…” and wonder how you were going to determine that? Word can help you here also. Create or paste your text into a Word document and on the lower left part of the screen, it tells you how many words are in your document. Need to know about a specific section? Select it and the magic number appears.

Yes, these might be a bit old school but they work. Matt Carusona here in the NCRPA office recently showed me Grammarly. It works to catch spelling and grammar mistakes in documents if you upload your text and when creating online content. Sounds like a great addition to my toolbox!

I hope you will find some of these tips helpful and give them a try the next time you complete an online form and try to remember “What will the person receiving the information see?” and look at it from their standpoint before clicking submit.

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