An Easy Way to Perform a Spelling and Grammar Check in WordPress

WordPress doesn’t automatically come with a spelling and grammar check built in. This can make it difficult to catch all of your mistakes when you create a new post. However, there is a plugin you can use to perform a spelling and grammar check in WordPress.

In this WordPress Tutorial, we will show you have to perform a spelling and grammar check with the TinyMCE Spellcheck plugin.

Adding Your Spelling and Grammar Check Buttons to the Post Visual Editor

First, you need to download the TinyMCE Spellcheck plugin, install it and activate it. This plugin will only work with versions of WordPress from 3.6 and newer. If you’re still using an older version, we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of WordPress before doing anything else.

Once you’ve activated the plugin, you will need to go to Users >> Your Profile from your WordPress dashboard. A new section will be found here called, “Proofreading.”


You will be able to adjust the settings for different types of proofreading. Whether you want the spelling and grammar check to catch hidden verbs or just do a regular check, you can customize it to your specific needs.

This plugin will also proofread in French, German, Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English. Just change the Language setting to detect all these languages, if necessary.


You can also add phrases and words, such as company names and personal names to be ignored during the check. Just add them in the “Ignored Phrases” section of this plugin.

Ignored Phrases

Once you’ve made all your adjustments, make sure to click the “Update Profile” link at the bottom of the page.

Now, when you create a new post, you will see the spelling and grammar check button in your kitchen sink.

Spelling Grammar Button

Just use this image and you will easily be able to perform a spelling and grammar check on your post from the visual post editor.

If you prefer not to use a plugin, you can add the After The Deadline extension in Firefox or Google Chrome. This will give you the ability to proofread any of your posts without using a WordPress plugin.

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