What Tricks Do You Use To Help Avoid Typos?

What Tricks Do You Use To Help Avoid Typos?

We do a lot of typing over here at Lifehacker, so typos are inevitable. Sometimes we catch them and it becomes a game of trying to avoid mistakes altogether, and sometimes they just get missed because spell check thinks they’re just fine. Either way, they’re annoying. What do you do to avoid typos?

(Let’s assume that typing more slowly is not an option.)


  • As I’m an AutoHotKey junkie I find the easiest way is to use the ‘Auto Correct For English’ AutoHotKey script, available from the ‘Other Downloads’ page of the AutoHotKey site.

    Easy to expand yourself, has a built in ‘learn this new word’ kind of function and if you already use AutoHotKey it means you don’t need to install any new software.

  • the problem with reading and spell checking your own work, Nick is that most people begin to read what they meant to write and can ignore their misspellings by accident. This is a subconscious action that is not easily fixed. The usual way to get around that is to have another person edit your work. Obviously that is not always an option. If you need to edit your own work and tend to miss things try reading your work backwards, sentence by sentence.
    That will break up your train of thought in the story of the article and force you to focus on each sentence’s syntax and spelling.

  • For browser based editing, I use the Firefox spell checking but with the Australian English Dictionary Plug-in.

    For MS Office, I use its built-in tools.

    In Skype and Instant Messengers, I use the Trillian Aspell Plug-in.

    On my Android Phone, I use the predictive text.

    I wish there was a single way to do spell check.

  • Send it to someone else and all the typos will become visible to you 0.005 seconds later.

    Usually I type some homophone or other horrible word mash-up when my mind conflates two things I’m writing about. The only tool that will catch more of the former is the more recent versions of the Microsoft spell-checker which use grammar feedback to analyse the context of the word.

  • If it really matters, always print it out and proofread on paper (so many typos / formatting / style issues can be easily spotted this way).

    But if is doesent really matter i usually jst dont worry about ti co s who cares right>

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