Global spell-check

There are many things one can piece together with the proper tools. Today I’ll show you how to create a global spell-check system for Windows, but it should be easier to do this for Linux.

So the idea is pretty simple: you type something anywhere, copy it to the clipboard, run spell check on the clipboard contents and paste back.

Tools required:

  • Native W32 ports of some GNU utilities
  • A command-line spell check program (GNU Aspell is recommended)
  • Optional: An application launcher (Launchy for instance)

Here’s a batch file that does the magic:

pclip | cat > c:/temp/aspell.tmp 
aspell check c:/temp/aspell.tmp 
cat c:/temp/aspell.tmp | gclip
rm c:/temp/aspell.tmp*

And this is the file in action:

Comments (4)

  1. ankur wrote::

    super cool stuff dude … wasn't aware of any of the above utility … btw take a look @ this
    http://www.humanized.com/

    Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 19:48 #
  2. ankur wrote::

    dude i want u to see the demo of their enso product … see the screen cast for me and tell me what u think …

    Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 19:56 #
  3. Ankit Solanki wrote::

    It was Enso Words that gave me an idea to write make this.

    Enso Launcher is not free, and is a huge 11Mb download. Launchy is just a lot more light-weight, and it’s free.

    I also have a similar script that brings up the Wordnet definition for any word I’ve copied :)

    Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 20:15 #
  4. ankur wrote::

    i just downloaded launchy … it's a neat tool … thanx

    Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 20:41 #