Gedit text editor has a feature that allows you to check for misspelled words on your documents, this feature is not enabled by default, so it needs to be enabled manually in order to use it.
Gedit text editor is the default text editor on Ubuntu 22.04, which means you don't need to install it on your system as it comes installed by default.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to check for misspelling errors on Gedit text editor.
Step 1 - Launch Gedit
Launch Gedit via terminal
To launch Gedit via terminal, simply run the command below
Launch Gedit via GUI
To launch Gedit, go to "Applications Menu" on your system, and search for "Gedit", and then click to the Gedit icon to launch it
Step 2 - Enable Spell checker plugin
Spell checker plugin is the plugin that allows you to check for misspelled words on Gedit.
You can enable this plugin on the Preferences window.
Click to hamburger icon
Next, go to "Preferences"
Now, go to "Plugins" tab
Once you are in the Plugins tab, you will see all plugins that are currently enabled. Now simply check the box of "Spell checker" to enable it
Step 3 - Enable "Highlight Misspelling Words"
Highlight misspelling words is the name of the option that allows you to highlight misspelled words that your text may have. To enable this function is very simple, and it can be done on the settings of Gedit.
First click to the hamburger icon as shown in the image below
Next, go to "Tools"
And now enable "Highlight misspelled words" option by checking the box
Step 4 - Check for misspelled words
Now you simply need to upload your documents on Gedit, or a piece of text that you want to check it for misspelled words, and Gedit will highlight those words.
This process is automatic so you don't need to press any key combination to check for misspelled words.
As you can see in the image below, in our text there are two misspelled words.
This was a short tutorial showing you how to enable the misspelling checker on Gedit, the default text editor on Ubuntu 22.04.