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<img src=’http://www.lifeclever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/indesigndynamicspell_checking.jpg’ alt=’InDesign’s Dynamic Spell Checking’ class=”large”/>I’ve been making alot of dumb speling misteaks lately. It happens to the best of us. A deadline approaches. You rush. You finish. Finally, you send it out–not realizing it’s tainted with typos.

This week, I was madly working on wireframes for a new health care web-application. In haste, I sent it out daggered with stupid spelling errors. “Ashtma” instead of “Asthma” and “Preffered” instead of “Preferred”. It was careless, unprofessional, and totally embarrassing.

Since I like to create wireframes in InDesign, I should’ve remembered two little-used InDesign features: Dynamic Spell Checking and Autocorrect.

Turn them on

Just like Microsoft Word, these features let InDesign underline misspelled words and automatically correct common ones. To turn them on:

  1. In the menubar, go to Edit and select Spelling.
  2. Then select Dynamic Spelling to enable it.
  3. Repeat Step 1, and select Autocorrect.

Add your own bad words

<img src=’http://www.lifeclever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/indesign_autocorrect.jpg’ alt=’InDesign’s AutoCorrect Feature’ class=”large” />

To make Autocorrect even better, add your own list of commonly mispelled words and their replacements:

  1. In the menubar, go to InDesign, select Preferences, and then Autocorrect.
  2. Below the list of words, click the Add button
  3. In the pop-up window, type in a misspelled word then its corresponding correction. Press OK

The moral of the story? When designing, don’t be a loser idiot like me.

Save yourself from shame and extra work by turning on InDesign’s built-in spelling features.


  • Frank

    gravatarMar 30, 2007
    8:10 am

    Hey, thanks… I’ve been using InD since version 2 and i never knew that i had that option.

    On a related note, something i do for catching spelling mistakes other places:

    On a mac, if you were to control-(right)-click in a field such as this comment box and select Spelling > “Check Spelling as You Type” in the contextual menu you get the same thing for most every web field.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarMar 30, 2007
    8:44 am

    Thanks Frank, this is so great! I had no idea it existed.