Spell Check/Correct not on par with host: Scrivener

Greetings everyone, my name is Dean and I’m a first-time poster. I’m extremely pleased with having purchased Scrivener. I decided to become an author and purchased this software to bring my ideas to life. I’m currently working on a memoir, and novel. This software makes writing, editing and organizing unimaginably fulfilling.

My problem is Spell Check/Autocorrect in the application:

Version: (2073405) 64-bit - 06 Jul 2023. On Windows 11 23H2 x64.

Scrivener’s ability with regards to these functions are not that great to say the least. In fact, it can be quite frustrating at times especially when it takes a stab at what you intended on typing leaving you hitting the backspace key over and over. That’s not to say that it doesn’t work, it does. Just not as good as a mechanism in a heralded application like Scrivener should work.

I don’t care for drawing comparisons between products but I’m going to anyway.

While Scrivener maintains a leading role in terms of managing your work, Microsoft Word’s spell check and autocorrect are above and beyond extraordinary. When comparing in Word, the entire document is littered with spelling, punctuation and grammar issues, where Scrivener shows no indication of any errors.

Some ideas:

(1) Google has a Spell Checker Framework. It’s a master at these issues. The only limitation might be requiring a connection to the Internet in order for it to function. Reminiscing the days of being a coder, I probably would put options into the application such as, ‘Scrivener spell check’, ‘Google spell check’ switching automatically when you are online and off respectively.

(2) Perhaps this is an area worth considering AI for; to oversee correction of these items while allowing the writer to focus on their creativity. AI should not be used for developing content.

In the meantime, I will write in Scrivener, and double check in word which is a task that I’m not accustomed to doing with any real frequency. I just write and write and write.

Just my 2¢.

Have a blessed day.

Dania Beach, Florida

In case you don’t know, you can disable auto-correct in the options, and still have Scrivener underline what it judges as misspelled.

You can then (right click an underlined word) opt for the word to be corrected (from a list of possible words), or to be ignored, or to be learned and added to your personal dictionary.

Not to disagree, there is indeed room for improvement.

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Hi Vincent, and thank you!

I did not realize that turning spell check as you type, off, would still show errors. This is very helpful information.

I am aware of the right click to make a selection. Still, this is a great start. I’m by no means belittling the spell check as it does work fairly well.

Thank you again,

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You need to leave the spellcheck on, but disable the auto-correct, as per my screenshot.