How-to: Add new dictionaries to Firefox

Not a lot of y’all know this, but I have quite a decent knowledge of Spanish – I’m not completely fluent, but I have advanced conversational skills, and can compose emails with minimal assistance from online translators. However, one thing that I can’t normally do with Spanish is have my spelling checked in Firefox.

This is something easily fixed, and in the process of my installing this particular language to my Firefox, I’m going to show the rest of y’all as well (I’ve already done this to add another language, which you’ll see when I show you the menu later).

The first thing is that you need to be at a text form (it can be any type of input line – even the search box that comes up when you go to Scroogle’s homepage can suffice). In this case, I’m going to use the title line of this post. You will need to turn on spellcheck for that particular field by right clicking and turning on Spell Check This Field first.

Next, right click again on the field, and go down one line below Spell Check This Field, and you will see Languages, which will expand into a new menu, with (in most instances) only one language in the list. Select Add languages… from that sub menu.

New Dictionary 1

That will bring you to the Firefox Add-ons page which has a whole list of dictionaries that you can select from. They’re organized by the language’s first letter, in that actual language – thus, you have Welsh (Cmyraeg) listed before English.

Go through the list until you find the language you want to install, and then click the Install link. This will bring up the standard warning about the extension you want to install being unsigned. However, since you are downloading it from the official Addons site, it should be safe to use.

Only 4 seconds to go!

Then, the Add-ons window will open, and the new dictionary will install itself. After it’s done, you will need to restart Firefox to use your new dictionary. Unless you’re working on something important (like this blog* post, or an online application), you can go right ahead and restart right away, as it will keep your current tabs remembered for when you restart.

Restart with saved tabs; nice!

After you’ve restarted, it’s as simple as going back to the Languages sub-menu and selecting the newly installed language as the one you want to check your spelling in. Firefox will remember your choice from then on.

*Apparently, in the Australian English dictionary that I downloaded from Mozilla, “blog”, “firefox”, and “Mozilla” are considered misspelt. Go figure…that’s why there’s the Add to dictionary option, I guess. 😉

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