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How to Check Grammar and Spelling Mistakes in WordPress

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How to Check Grammar and Spelling Mistakes in WordPress

One of the biggest complaints that we’ve heard from WordPress beginners about the post editor is that it lacks the ability to spellcheck. This is why many users prefer to use Windows Live Writer and other document processing tools. For those who like the WordPress writing interface, we have the solution just for you. In this article, we will show you how to check grammar and spelling mistakes in WordPress.

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Adding a Spell Check Button in WordPress Post Editor

First thing you need to do is install and activate the TinyMCE Spellcheck plugin. Upon activation, you need to go to Users » Your Profile to configure the plugin settings.

Configure proofreading settings

Start by looking under the proofreading section. There you can enable the plugin to automatically check post/page content when it is published or updated. You can also set checks for grammar and style rules. We recommend checking complex phrases, double negatives, phrases to avoid, and passive voice. Once you are done, simply click on Update Profile button to save your changes.

Now when writing a post, you will notice a new spell-check or proofread button in the post editor. When you click on this button, it will run a proofreading check on the content using the rules you set earlier.

Proofreading WordPress posts in Visual Post Editor

Adding After The Deadline as Browser Extension

TinyMCE Spell check is actually a fork of After The Deadline which is no longer updated as a standalone WordPress plugin. Instead it is part of the JetPack plugin which requires users to sign in with a account. If you do not want to install TinyMCE Spellcheck, then you can use After The Deadline browser extension for Google Chrome or Firefox.

To configure the proofreading options, you need to go to addon settings. In Google Chrome, you will be able to see After the deadline icon in the address bar. Clicking on it will open ATD actions menu where you need to click on View Options to configure proofreading rules.

After the deadline settings in Google Chrome

In Firefox, you need to open addons manager from the main menu or by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+A keys together. You will see After The Deadline along with other addons installed on your browser. Simply click on Options button to configure proofreading settings.

After The Deadline settings in Firefox

After The Deadline browser extension automatically adds a tiny icon in your text forms on all websites including WordPress. You can check spelling of your WordPress posts by clicking on the spell check icon that appears in the post editor.

Spellcheck icon added by After the deadline browser extension

We hope this article helped you check your WordPress posts for spelling and grammar mistakes. Regularly checking your site for these errors will allow you to write better posts.

Let us know how you proofread your WordPress posts by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Tom C says:

    tinyMCE Spellcheck does not work – here is what is returned…
    Any advice?

  2. Daniel says:


    Firstly AtD is was done of my favourite addons – built originally by a talented lady developer as I recall. However, it seems to have an issue when it checks a update to a post ( not the initial check): it messes with the formatting e.g. images appear misaligned. In the end I uncheck the check on an amendment” option as it came a really pain. The pre-jetpack version also had this issue last time I used it in this way. Do you know if this issue has been resolved.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Daniel, we were unable to see the issue you described with this fork of the plugin.

  3. Kathleen Fee says:

    Thank you for your generous free time to help us beginners! Should this plug in be giving us spelling suggestions or just showing us spelling errors? Thanks again!

  4. gkrish says:

    nice and useful article

  5. Aditya Shirodkar says:

    I’ll definitely give tinycme a try right away :)… Thanks!

  6. Jerry Zurek says:

    We use WordPress for a newspaper and so we have many users. Does each user have to turn it on for herself or is there a universal switch?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      It will be available to each user in the post editor. But users can set how they want the button to proofread content for them,

  7. Krish Murali Eswar says:

    We use Grammarly. We have tried the tinycme but not happy with the results.

  8. Boby Kurniawan says:

    Great info thanks, now i can learn to post with english :D

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