Windows 8.1 has nice feature that autocorrect mistyped words in all applications. Is it possible to implement that function in Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu uses a package called aspell to indicate the mistyped but it doesn't provide autocorrect.

man aspell

aspell is a utility program that connects to the Aspell library so that it can function as an ispell -a replacement, as an independent spell checker, as a test utility to test out Aspell library features, and as a utility for managing dictionaries used by the library.

   The Aspell library contains an interface allowing other programs direct
   access  to  its  functions  and  therefore reducing the complex task of
   spell checking to simple library calls.  The default library  does  not
   contain  dictionary  word  lists.  To add language dictionaries

But you have to notice that some apps are using aspell common dictionary such as Evolution, Abiword .... While some others use their own dictionary, such as LibreOffice, which uses libreoffice-l10n-[language code] and language-support-writing-[language code] packages.

To install a language dictionary

sudo apt-get install aspell-[lan code]

For example to install Spanish dictionary

sudo apt-get install aspell-es
  • It's only working for applications that have compiled with aspell and this this not autocorrect. Its only indicate mistyped words.
    – QkiZ
    May 8, 2015 at 7:31
  • @QkiZ Thanks for your note, I had to mentioned that before. Added.
    – Maythux
    May 8, 2015 at 7:33

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