Options - Spelling and grammar
To use spell checking in memoQ, you need to set up the spell checker for each target language you work with. You can do this on the Spelling and grammar pane of the Options window.
If Microsoft Word is there on your computer, memoQ can use Word's spell checkers. If Word is not on the computer, or it does not have a spell checker for the language you need, you can set up Hunspell for that language.
If Microsoft Word is on your computer, and it supports grammar checking for your target language, memoQ can also check the grammar of your translation.
How to get here
- Open the Options window: At the very top of the memoQ window - in the Quick Access toolbar -, click the Options (cogwheels) icon. The Options window opens.
- Under Category, click Spelling and grammar. The Spelling and grammar pane appears.
What can you do?
- To do this, click the Spelling tab.
- Under Language-dependent settings, choose a language from the dropdown.
- If you choose a language that has sublanguages (for example, English can be English (US), English (UK), etc.), the list of available dictionaries shows up in the window's bottom half. Check the one you need.
There are two ways to check spelling in memoQ: continuous spell checking will underline unrecognized words as you type; or the Spell checking window where you can go through any unrecognized words one by one. You need to choose a spell checker separately for the two methods.
For both the underlines and the Spell checking window, you can choose from Hunspell or Microsoft Word. For example, it is possible to use Hunspell for the underlines, and Word for the Spell checking window, although this is not recommended.
- If you have Word, and it has a spell checker for your language, it is always recommended to use the Microsoft Word setting. Click the Microsoft Word radio button both under Curly underlines and under Spell checking dialog. You are ready: memoQ can check spelling in the selected language.
Use Hunspell only if you do not have Word or it has no spelling checker for your language.
- Under Curly underlines and under Spell checking dialog, click Hunspell. (Do this at both places.)
- If you have not used Hunspell for this language before, the Hunspell dictionaries box will be empty.
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You can turn off continuous spell checking: Normally, memoQ keeps checking your text as you type, and underline any unrecognized words. You can turn this off: On the Spelling tab, clear the Check spelling as you type check box.
To do this, click the Grammar tab.
memoQ can check your grammar only if you have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, together with the grammar checker for your target language.
To turn on continuous grammar checking: Check the Check grammar as you type check box. memoQ will underline potential grammar problems with blue curly underlines.
Check this check box only if needed: Grammar checking takes time. Checking grammar as you type can slow down your computer.
- To check grammar together with spelling: This works in the Spell checking window. To turn this on, check the Check grammar with spelling check box.
When you finish
To save the settings and return to memoQ: Click OK.
To save the settings and remain in the Options window: Click Apply.
To return to memoQ without making changes: Click Cancel.
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