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Underline Spelling Errors

Underline spelling errors as you write comments and strings, or check periodically in a batch mode. 

Right+Click or press the menu key when the caret is on a misspelled word to see a list of suggested spellings. Accept a suggestion or add the word to your user dictionary.

Spell check in batch mode using a button in the Visual Assist toolbar. If present, your current selection is checked. If there is no selection, your current file is checked.

Select the color of underlining in the Visual Assist options dialog.

Ticks in Scroll Margin

Red ticks in the vertical scroll margin of the text editor identify locations of spelling errors, among other types of errors. You can show/hide the ticks via:

Tools | Options | Text Editor | C/C++ | Scroll Bars | Show annotations over vertical scroll bar | Show errors

Commented Code

Visual Assist does not underline what it believes is commented code. This includes symbols defined in any context.

Words within comments that appear in PascalCase, camelCase or hungarian_notation are not underlined. Visual Assist assumes the words refer to symbols.

Preprocessor Macros

String arguments to C/C++ preprocessor macros are not checked, e.g. string arguments to _T().

Behavior Nuances

Single-letter words are not considered misspelled.

Visual Assist waits for a pause in typing before underlining so it doesn't underline unfinished words. 

Words that contain, or are followed by, special characters such as @ and <, are assumed to be part of an email address or URL and are not underlined.

 
Formatting symbols such as %d and \n are not underlined.
 

International Support

Visual Assist installs with only a U.S. English (en_US) dictionary. Dictionaries for other languages and dialects may be downloaded and installed. Visual Assist reads dictionaries in the format supported by Mozilla Firefox.

If your locale is listed in the following table, download the zip archive that contains your dictionary(ies). If you are unable to download a zip, download a txt version and rename the file(s).

Locale Download Download
and Rename
About the Dictionary
Croatian Hrvatski hr.zip hr.txt Croatian Dictionary - Hrvatski Rječnik
Dutch Nederlands nl.zip nl.txt Woordenboek Nederlands
English (Australian) en-AU.zip en-AU.txt English (Australian) Dictionary
English (British) en-GB.zip en-GB.txt British English Dictionary (Marco Pinto)
English (Canadian) en-CA.zip en-CA.txt Canadian English Dictionary
French Français fr-classic.zip fr-classic.txt French spelling dictionary
German (Austria) de-AT.zip de-AT.txt German Dictionary, extended for Austria
German (Germany) de-DE.zip de-DE.txt German dictionary (de_DE)
German (Switzerland) de-CH.zip de-CH.txt German dictionary (de_CH)
Hebrew עברית he.zip he.txt Hebrew spell-checking dictionary
Hindi (India) हिन्दी (भारत) hi_IN.zip hi_IN.txt Hindi Spell Checker
Italian Italiano it_IT.zip it_IT.txt Dizionario italiano
Korean 한국어 ko-KR.zip ko-KR.txt Korean spellchecker
Polish Polski pl.zip pl.txt Polish Spellchecker Dictionary
Russian Русский ru.zip ru.txt Russian spellchecking dictionary
Swedish Svenska sv.zip
sv_FI.zip
sv.txt
sv_FI.txt
Swedish Dictionary
Ukrainian Українська uk-UA.zip uk-UA.txt Ukrainian dictionary
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt vi-DauCu.zip
vi-DauMoi.zip
vi-DauCu.txt
vi-DauMoi.txt
Vietnamese Dictionary

If your locale is not listed, visit the Firefox dictionaries and language packs. Select a dictionary. Right-click the "Add to Firefox" button and copy its link location, then browse to that location using a browser other than Firefox. Rename the extension of the downloaded archive from xpi to zip. (If you use Firefox to download, the extension will install to the browser, not download as an archive.)

Uncompress the archive, and copy its dic and optional aff files to the \Dict subdirectory of the Visual Assist installation directory:

%APPDATA%\VisualAssist\Dict\

Restart your IDE to make Visual Assist find your new dictionaries. Visual Assist considers a spelling correct if it appears in any installed dictionary.

User Dictionary

When you Right+Click a misspelled word, you have the option to add the misspelled word to a dictionary of user-defined words. The words are stored in plain text in UserWords.txt, in the \Dict subdirectory of the Visual Assist installation directory. You can also populate UserWords.txt with any text editor—one word per line.