Set Google Chrome To Australian Spelling

Spellcheck within a web form is very handy, but potentially annoying if you favour Australian spellings over the US alternatives. If you're a Google Chrome user, there is an option to set up Australian spell-checking instead.

I'll confess I hadn't realised that Chrome had this option until I saw it praised on Twitter. To enable it, click the Chrome wrench icon, select Options, select Under the Hood, scroll down to Change font and language settings, and choose the Languages tab. In here, you can select English (Australia) for your spellcheck, and also set it as your default language for reading pages.

While you can change most language options to Australian English, the closest you can get for the actual interface language is UK English. (Firefox and Internet Explorer sport similar options that are somewhat easier to find, though I can't recall ever specifically enabling these in Firefox, so I'm guessing that my current setting of EN-AU was picked up from other system settings.)


    Vocabulary wise, what's the difference between Australian English and British English in Chrome's dictionaries? Does the Australian dictionary just recognise words like g'day?


      Looking at language is like looking a tree with lots of grafts on it. You see one tree, but from it bear many branches with many different fruits.

      Australian English began diverging from British English (we call it Queen's English, here) right after the founding of the first colonies.

      We're caught somewhere between British English and American English, in terms of spelling and structure. Formally, Australian English isn't like American English at all. But not quite the same as British English. The main difference between Australian and British English in Chrome is in contractions, abbreviations, and colloquialism. I think Chrome also recognises key idioms and phrases, too. Though for this matter, I'm unsure.

      Australia uses a lot of words that don't exist in any other form of English. It may not look it immediately, but Australian English is as different to British English as Gujarati is to Hindi. This is for various reasons, some words are given by people of the First Nations, others are taken from American English, or have other Pacific influences. A lot of Australian English was adapted in WWII, for example, as Australians came into significant contact with speakers of Egyptian and Indian English.

      There's a lot of history behind it, ubt that the gist. I hope it helps.

        Wow, this is completely untrue. Australian/British English differences are no where near as extreme as the difference between Gujarati and Hindi! (For starters, very different pronounciations, spellings and even a different script!)

        There are differences between formal Australian and British, written English, but they are negligible. Without colloquialisms, most native Australians/Brits would be unable to tell the difference.

        Very well said and researched. There is another possibility to keep the Australian English Language clean, just refuse to be sucked in by clever imperialistic USA language agencies and companies such for instant Google and Microsoft pushing us Australians into something that takes the character of a nation away, the USA English language. For years it was highly complicated to change the language from USA English to Australian or UK English. Microsoft Office is one of the best examples. They love to take our Australian money but want to force with any possible power the USA English language onto us and degrade us to baby-talk English and grammar. The same can be said about Google and especially Chrome and Android systems. It is more than tricky if possible at all to change the language with ease or at all. It is time to stand up for our colourful and beloved Australian English language.

    Hey, I'm still looking for a solution... How does one remove English (Australia) from Chrome's dictionary?

      Well, it's easy go there where you speak your language. If in Australia use the Australian language if you do not like it, tough luck.

    The Main reason you'd want Australian English in your browser is so that you get $'s as your currency whilst still having UK spelling and a proper date format ( ie Day, month, year) -- i

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