How’s your spelling?
There’s nothing worse than finishing a project and realizing there’s a spelling error or typo and we’ve wasted precious supplies. As so many of our cutting Machine projects these days are based on Text, with wall quotes, stencils, inspirational phrases etc, this is a software feature that should come in really handy.
Did you know that Silhouette Studio has an inbuilt Spellchecker? I had no idea until I went exploring in the “Edit” Menu. It’s down towards the bottom or open the Spelling window with the keyboard shortcut key F7.
To test it out:
Tested in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition V3.
- In Studio, I purposely miss spelled the words “Silhouette mirror & pocket” as “Silhouete Mirroe & pockel”
- Then I hit the F7 key on the keyboard to open the Spelling window on the right of the screen.
- There’s a list of alternative spelling options to select from. First, briefly stop and have a giggle at the other options the program suggests like Kilohertz, utensil and self-hate! Self-hate? What the….! Then channel your sensible side and select the already highlighted suggestion “Silhouette” and click replace. It automatically replaces the incorrect word with the new option and goes on to the next word.
- This time the highlighted suggestion is the word “mirror” to replace the incorrectly spelled mirroe. Resist the urge to select Mirani or Mirage instead and click replace.
- Continue until all errors are corrected.
- In Advanced options, tick the check box and all words will be auto checked as you type.
- The program will highlight any misspelled words with a little blue wiggly line underneath them. Correct the errors from the spelling menu via F7 as above or..
- a super quick way is to just right click on the word and select the correct spelling from the suggestions at the top of the pop up box. That way there’s no need to open the Spelling window at all.
- There’s also an option to select language. For instance, I’m an Aussie but lots of my readers are from the US. There are lots of spelling differences (eg: colour/color) So I can check the spelling on my free cut files and make a version to suit everyone.
- If you use a name or word frequently in your designs to can add it to the dictionary, so it won’t highlight it as a miss spelling each time you use it.
- One final tip – this will only work when words are still text. Once any text is welded, converted to a path or made into a compound path, it cannot be spell checked because the program recognizes them as images and not text.
If you haven’t already checked out the spell checker options, it’s worth taking a peek.