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On Firefox, whenever a word is incorrect in a text field, it is underlined in red.

Chrome does the same but the difference is that it underlines in red only when I move the caret over the word. So if I want to spell check the whole text field, I have to move the caret from the beginning to the end of the text field.

Is it possible to make Chrome works more like Firefox and spell check the entire text field automatically?

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When I type in the Chrome after pressing space button it shows the word with red underline and so on. – avirk May 30 '12 at 14:30
@avirk: If you paste a wall of text, you have to move the cursor through every word to trigger a spell check. – Dennis May 30 '12 at 14:32
@Dennis, do you know any good extension for this? English language would be fine. – this.lau_ May 30 '12 at 14:33
One that behaves like Firefox's spell checker, no. But After the Deadline triggers a spell check by click or hot key, and it's much better that Chrome's built-in checker (language auto-detect, gramatical errors, etc.). – Dennis May 30 '12 at 14:35
@Dennis, thanks it looks like After the Deadline does what I need. If you want you can post this as an answer, and I'll accept it. – this.lau_ Jun 1 '12 at 3:57
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Besides a custom Chromium build, it seems to be impossible to make Chrome's built-in spell checker behave like Firefox's.

There are, however, extensions that - while they don't function exactly like Firefox's spell checker, make checking pasted text easier and have more features that their built-in counterparts.

From Chrome Web Store - After the Deadline:

Check spelling, style, and grammar in your browser

After the Deadline uses artificial intelligence to check spelling, style, and grammar. Use it to check your tweets, find mistakes in your email, and socialize with confidence. Click the ABC icon in the lower-right corner of an editable area to proofread your writing. [...]

After the Deadline checks English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish text.

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This was a known bug and—eventually—fixed about a month ago (after several years).

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That's brilliant, thanks for the information. – this.lau_ Jan 24 '13 at 1:56

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