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Using Spell Check, Thesaurus

Expression Web lets you check the spelling on a single page or across an entire Web site. You also can customize the spelling dictionary by adding words of your own. Finally, the built-in thesaurus can be handy when you’re hunting for just the right word.

To check spelling on a single page:

  1. Open the page in which you want to check the spelling. Choose Tools > Spelling > Spelling (f7.gif), or click the Spelling button if the Standard toolbar is visible (Figure 4.67).

    Figure 4.67

    Figure 4.67 To check the spelling of the selected page(s), choose Tools > Spelling > Spelling (top) or click the Spelling button in the Standard toolbar (bottom).

  2. Expression Web highlights a possible misspelling in the page while the Spelling dialog box offers suggestions. If you want to use a suggested word, click Change or Change All if you want to fix every instance of the word on that page (Figure 4.68).

    Figure 4.68

    Figure 4.68 Possible misspellings are highlighted in the page while the Spelling dialog box offers suggestions.

  3. If you know the word’s spelled correctly—perhaps it’s a trademark that Expression Web doesn’t recognize—click Ignore or Ignore All. You also can add terms to the dictionary by clicking Add (Figure 4.69).

    Figure 4.69

    Figure 4.69 If you know the word’s spelled correctly—perhaps it’s a trademark—you can add it to the dictionary.

  4. Once the spell check is done, click OK to close the dialog box (Figure 4.70).

    Figure 4.70

    Figure 4.70 Once the spell check is done, click OK to close the dialog box.

To check spelling on multiple pages:

  1. In the Folder List select the entire site or multiple pages (using ctrl.gif-click) in which you want to check the spelling. Choose Tools > Spelling > Spelling (f7.gif), or click the Spelling button if the Standard toolbar is visible.
  2. An alert dialog box asks you to confirm whether you want to search multiple pages or the whole site (Figure 4.71). Click Start to close the dialog box and begin the spell check.

    Figure 4.71

    Figure 4.71 An alert dialog box asks you to confirm if you want to search multiple pages or the whole site before you click Start.

  3. When Expression Web displays the results, look through the Misspelled words column to quickly see what’s been spotted (Figure 4.72).

    Figure 4.72

    Figure 4.72 Look through the Misspelled words column to quickly see what’s been spotted.

  4. Double-click a page to see the possible misspellings in context. If you want to use a suggested word, click Change or Change All if you want to fix every instance of the word on that page.
  5. Once you’ve checked a page, Expression Web asks if you want to see the next page with misspellings (top, Figure 4.73). Once you’ve checked all the pages, Expression Web offers you to return you to the original list of pages and words (bottom, Figure 4.73).

    Figure 4.73

    Figure 4.73 After checking a page, you can go to the next page (top). Once you’ve checked all the pages, you can return to the original list (bottom).

  6. After returning to the list of pages, Expression Web displays which pages have been fixed (Edited) and which have not (Figure 4.74). If you’re done checking all the pages, close the Spelling dialog box by clicking the X in the upper-right corner.

    Figure 4.74

    Figure 4.74 As you spell-check the listed pages, Expression Web notes which have been fixed (Edited) and which have not.

To change your spelling options:

  1. Choose Tools > Spelling > Spelling Options (Figure 4.75).

    Figure 4.75

    Figure 4.75 To change your spelling options, choose Tools > Spelling > Spelling Options.

  2. Look through the Spelling Options dialog box’s choices and select those you want to use, including Check spelling as you type (Figure 4.76). To switch dictionaries or use one you’ve customized, click Custom Dictionaries.

    Figure 4.76

    Figure 4.76 To switch dictionaries or use one you’ve customized, click Custom Dictionaries.

  3. In the Custom Dictionaries dialog box, the default dictionary is highlighted (Figure 4.77). To add or correct words for this dictionary, click Edit Word List. To switch to a new blank dictionary, choose New. Click Add to navigate to a supplemental or customized dictionary of your own.

    Figure 4.77

    Figure 4.77 To add or correct words for the default dictionary, click Edit Word List. To switch to a new blank dictionary, choose New or click Add to navigate to a supplemental or customized dictionary.

  4. Choose OK to close the dialog box and apply the dictionary changes.

To use the thesaurus:

  1. In any open page, select a word and choose Tools > Thesaurus (shft-f7.gif) (Figure 4.78).

    Figure 4.78

    Figure 4.78 In any open page, select a word and choose Tools > Thesaurus.

  2. The Thesaurus dialog box lists the word on the left with its various meanings (Figure 4.79). Select the correct meaning at the bottom left, and then click any synonym listed on the right. Choose Look Up if you’re not sure what the synonym means, or choose Replace and the selected synonym replaces the original word.

    Figure 4.79

    Figure 4.79 The selected word’s various meanings appear at the bottom left. Pick one, and then click any synonym listed on the right and choose Replace, or Look Up if you’re not sure what the synonym means.

  3. To close the dialog box, click Cancel or the X in the upper-right corner.
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