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How Do You Spell Check in Affinity Publisher?

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Did you know that you can easily use Affinity Publisher spell check to review your work for errors? Whether you're working with templates or designing from scratch, you can use Affinity for checking your work. Thankfully, learning how to spell check within Publisher is quick and easy.

Do you like video tutorials? Don't miss this new video by Drew MacDonald from the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel to learn all the details:

What You'll Learn in This Affinity Publisher Tutorial

  • Where to find Affinity Publisher spell check
  • How to do spell check in Affinity Publisher
  • How to spell check your work quickly and efficiently

Tutorial Assets

In this walkthrough, we'll use the following optional assets to show how you can use Affinity for checking your work:

Keep in mind that you can use these techniques in any Affinity Publisher document—whether it's Affinity Publisher templates or a file you built from scratch. However, it is essential that your document contains text, or there won't be anything to spell check!

Bonus Tip: did you know Adobe InDesign IDML templates can be used in Affinity Publisher too? Check out this Affinity Publisher tutorial to learn more!

1. How to Spell Check in Affinity Publisher

Step 1

Begin in your Affinity Publisher document. In this tutorial, we'll use one of the professionally designed Affinity Publisher templates from Envato Elements.

This brochure design has plenty of text space—which makes it extra important to check and double-check for errors before printing. Here's a look at our workspace in Affinity Publisher with a document open. Remember to use the Frame Text Tool, highlighted below, to create and edit content in your text boxes.

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Step 2

Navigate to Text > Spelling > Spelling Options.

This will open up the Spelling Dialog box or Spell Checker. This is optional, but helpful if you want to receive the Affinity checking suggestions.

You'll notice that Affinity Publisher has highlighted the typographical error in our example file with a red underline. We can manually adjust this or choose one of the suggestions. We can also choose Ignore to skip this word, teach Publisher this word via Learn, or even look up a definition by selecting Define.

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Step 3

If you want to know how to do spell check in a more informal way, Affinity Publisher can also do that. Close the Spelling Dialog box, and let's check it out.

Go to Text > Spelling > Check Spelling

Now, the error is highlighted and in red—but I don't have the Spelling Dialog box open anymore. This is handy if you already know how to spell check errors and just want to highlight them. Maybe you don't necessarily want suggestions or added options visible.

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Step 4

Prefer a more word-processor-like experience? The Affinity checking tool can do that too. We can go to Text > Spelling > Check Spelling While Typing.

This way, any word typed or inserted into your work will be automatically highlighted, a lot like you might see in programs like Microsoft Word. This is handy if you're typing directly into Affinity Publisher; spell checking like this makes it easy to find errors as you go.

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Step 5

If you keep Check Spelling While Typing toggled on, Affinity Publisher will keep an eye on your entire document. Handy, right? Remember, you can easily toggle this on or off under Text > Spelling > Check Spelling While Typing.

You'll know if it's on if it has a check mark beside it in this menu.

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Step 6

But what if your Affinity Publisher spell check isn't working right—maybe Affinity Publisher spell check is catching words that aren't misspelled. If you know how to spell check a word and the error suggestion doesn't add up, the issue might be your selected language.

Here's a common way to fix this issue: in the Character panel, you can double-check that your text is in your preferred language. If, for example, your text characters are set to Spanish, then your spell check would reflect this language choice. 

Click on the Character Icon in your Options Bar to open the Character panel. Then you can scroll down to the Language Options to choose your desired language for Spelling.

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Now You Know How to Do Spell Check in Affinity Publisher

Whether you want to know how to do spell check for an entire document or just check as you type, Affinity Publisher makes it super easy to do it. Maybe you're building a design document from scratch or using Affinity Publisher templates—either way, checking your work is a breeze. I hope the tips in this Affinity Publisher tutorial helped you with your project!

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Learn More About Affinity Publisher Today

Affinity Publisher is a powerful design tool with tons of possibilities. It's a worthy rival of industry giant Adobe InDesign, and definitely worth checking out. Want to learn more about Affinity Publisher? Check out an Affinity Publisher tutorial and jumpstart your design work today.

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