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Spell Check/AutoCorrect in Lync, or any other Windows application using Autohotkey

 

A couple of people have asked me about spellcheck/autocorrect in Microsoft Lync. Out of the box there isn’t any, I guess Microsoft’s thinking is that it is not so important in a quick, less formal medium, with frequent use of shorthand that wouldn’t make sense to spell check anyway.

What if you do want spell check? Well it’s entirely possible for a 3rd party to write an application, but there doesn’t appear to be one yet (probably not enough demand to warrant the effort), However there is a workaround:

Autohotkey is a little automation/text expansion application for windows. I’ve used it in the past for things like inserting different email signatures with a hotkey, or launching a selection of apps from a single hotkey, It’s a great little tool you can adapt for many uses.

One of the Downloads for Autohotkey is “Autocorrect for English”, from the site, “This script corrects about 4700 common English misspellings on-the-fly (wherever you type them) via hotstrings. It also includes a Win+H hotkey to make it easy to add more misspellings.”

Essentially Autohotkey is a script engine. basically you can think of it as a little applet that runs in your system tray (you can even compile the script into an exe), watches what you type and automatically changes it if it detects a common typo or misspelling. Autohotkey scripts are plain text, so you can see the corrections and add your own as necessary.

It will work with any Windows application that takes in text. It is watching your keystrokes so won’t pick up on copy paste unfortunately.

It’s not really spell check, it is autocorrect, but might fit the bill if you really are worried about those misspellings.

Happy to hear any thoughts

Tom

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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