This question from 4 years ago claims that Notepad++ has spell checking enabled by default. This doesn't seem to be the case anymore, as I haven't been able to find any sign of a spell check option in Notepad++ v7.5.1.

How can I re-enable spell checking in Notepad++?

  1. Install the Plugin Manager if you do not have it already

  2. Install DSpellCheck: Plugins --> Plugins Admin:

  3. Restart Notepad++ (if necessary)

  4. Download dictionaries: Plugins --> DSpellCheck --> Settings:

    • Library: Hunspell
    • Download... (check boxes for your dictionaries, Install Selected)
    • Language: (select your language)
  5. OK

  6. Restart Notepad++ (if necessary)

DSpellCheck settings, dictionary download

Turn automatic spell check on and off with the red-squiggle ABC button Spell Check button in the toolbar.

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    That doesn't work for me - the list of available dictionaries is empty. – Guillaume F. Apr 11 '19 at 22:28
  • ahh yes, that did it. Bizarre, that NP++ is such a great program but just adding spellcheck is a bit obscure. – mtyson Sep 15 '20 at 23:13
  • Great answer! Thanks! Looking for grammar as well. I asked the question here: superuser.com/questions/1590966/… – mountainclimber11 Oct 5 '20 at 17:38
  • thanks for the answer. Between steps 4 and 5, while attempting to start downloading the dictionary, NPP crashes in my case (running Windows 10) – vefthym Oct 23 '20 at 9:26
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    Using the "Windows" option, instead of "Hunspell" worked for me in Windows 10, DSpellCheck version – vefthym Oct 23 '20 at 9:48

Install DSpellCheck plugin.

Here is how to,

  1. Goto: Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> Show Plugin manager
  2. Select DSpellCheck from Available plugin list
  3. Click Install and let notepadd++ restart
  4. Goto: Plugins -> DSpellCheck -> Change Current Language
  5. Select your language(s) and add

There are several spell checkers available as plug-ins to Notepad++. You can add them via the Plugin Manager or manually by downloading them from the resources page and then extracting them to your Notepad++ install folder.

It seems the original default spell check was removed due to it occasionally causing crashes with Windows 10. The original spell check function was DSpellCheck.

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    This doesn't really answer the question. I certainly can't get spell check working after reading this answer :-( – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jul 8 '18 at 7:01

Follow the link http://aspell.net/win32/ and download and install both files Full installer and the precompiled dictionary for English aspell-en-<VERSION>.exe (or any other available language). Now you can access the spell checker from the menu Plugins > Spell-Checker > Spell-Checker... (If Spell-Checker plugin does not show up on the menu, install it by using the Plugin Manager).


Update to @techturtle's answer:
It is added back as per this thread. I also checked and tested this by installing latest version of Notepad++(v7.6.2). And now the answer to question from 4 year ago is working.

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