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Download.com Staff Aug 3, 2012

The spell checker is one of the great software inventions, saving face (and other bits of anatomy) for countless writers. Conceived as part of another software milestone, the word processor, spelling, and grammar checkers are found anywhere people have access to keyboards and entry fields, but especially in e-mail clients, chat apps, and similar software. Ginger is a free spelling and grammar checker based on concepts like full-sentence context and text-to-pronunciation. This free Web-based tool can help writers improve their skills and produce clear, error-free text, but it's particularly effective for learning English as a second language and helping individuals with dyslexia and similar learning issues improve their writing and communication skills. Ginger is fully compatible with Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as Firefox and other browsers.

Ginger installs locally on your PC, but it also uses Web-based tools, and it requires an active Internet connection to work. Setting up Ginger is easy. When it's running, Ginger places a small button bar centered at the top of the screen; clicking it opens an expanding spell checker panel, or you can press F2 to have Ginger check any open document. Ginger's interface is split horizontally between the text being checked and the same text with recommended changes (if any) highlighted; clicking Approve accepts the changes, or you can simply click away to close the window. The Settings menu accesses features such as our Personal Dictionary; we could also set Ginger as our default spell checker in Word and other apps and access a Web-based Help file, user community, and other resources.

Ginger is easy to configure and use, but first-time users may want to run the program's tutorials. Ginger is capable of creating lessons and quizzes based on your errors -- unlike other spell checkers, which are happy to let you go on making the same mistakes over and over again. Ginger also incorporates specific, unique technology designed to help people with dyslexia, including tools that focus on unusual and phonetic spelling. Ginger's personalized tutor feature analyzes repeated errors, including whole-context errors, and suggests corrections. A premium version is available.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.7.158

Version 3.7.3.7.158 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release January 3, 2017
Date Added January 2, 2017
Version 3.7.158

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

Ginger, featuring the world's most accurate English grammar & spelling checker, has everything you need to write great English. It includes a full set of features to ensure that you make the most out of all of your written communications.

Ginger uses patented NLP (Natural Language Processing) technology to contextually understand text and enhance your writing experience. With this lightweight version of Ginger you can enjoy: *Contextual spelling checker - Ginger detects correctly spelled words used in the wrong context. Their/there, than/then, (your/you're) and many other commonly confused words. Ginger corrects your typos, phonetic mistakes, severe spelling mistakes, and misused words based on the context of a sentence. *Live corrections - Ginger detects your mistakes and corrects them as you type. *Sentence Rephrase - Discover alternative ways to convey your message with more clarity and style without changing your original meaning. *Translation - Quickly translate your text between more than 60 languages. *Contextual Synonyms and Definitions. *MS-Office add-in - support

Why is Ginger better?

* Ginger is the only grammar and spelling checker and spell checker that corrects hundreds of different types of grammar errors, and provides spelling corrections that are x6 more accurate. Ginger's spelling and grammar corrections are based on the context of your text, easily distinguishing between commonly confused spellings (then/than), homonyms (your/you're), slang (wanna, LOL). Ginger New Tab enhances your productivity during the day to day activities. Whether you are a student, a professional or just want to better express yourself, Ginger provide all you need in order to write high-quality text and to communicate better and accurate in business correspondence, academic documents and social writing.