Find ways for e-mail spell-check

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February 27, 2003|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I use Windows XP Home, WordPerfect 10 and Outlook Express 6. I can't spell-check my e-mail. What should I do?

Three solutions come to mind, and all of them are going to take a tad of effort. First of all, Outlook Express does take its spell-checking from Microsoft Office, so PCs shipped with WordPerfect but neither Microsoft Works nor Microsoft Office don't arrive ready to spell-check e-mail.

The cheapest solution is to simply write your e-mail messages as WordPerfect documents, spell-check, then paste them into the Outlook Express e-mail form. You do this by using the Control + A command in WordPerfect to select the whole note, followed by Control + C to copy the text. Now open Outlook Express, start an e-mail and click inside the text area and press Control + V to paste the spell-checked material.

Second, a $25 program, Spell Magic from Alcoda Software, will create its own spell-checking engine on your computer and let all applications use it. Check Spell Magic at www-.alcodasoftware.com.

Finally, you can drop Outlook Express and change to the Eudora e-mail program that competes - as best anybody can - against Microsoft Corp. Eudora can be had in a "sponsored" edition that includes spell-checking but requires the user to endure viewing paid advertising on each screen. An ad-free, unsponsored edition of Eudora is available for about $40.

Check www.eudora.com for details on this software, which is more powerful than the Outlook Express included with Windows machines.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@tribune.com.

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