VS Code spell check: simplicity wins

Spell Right is a spell checker extension for VS Code. Its README is a little convoluted. Here is how to set it up on a Linux system.

Step 1: set up dictionary files:

cd $HOME/.config/Code/
mkdir Dictionaries && cd Dictionaries
git clone https://github.com/titoBouzout/Dictionaries .

Step 2: In VS Code press Ctrl+P and run

 ext install ban.spellright

Step 3: restart VS Code

Step 4: open the document to spell-check in VS Code. Then click the eye icon (similar to šŸ‘ļø) in the bottom-right corner of the VS Code status bar. Select the language, press OK. The document is now being spell-checked. Screenshot:

vs code spell check with spell right


For my use cases I prefer Spell Right over the more complex Code Spell Checker extension. Spell Right seems to be pretty similar to the simple, unobtrusive experience provided by Sublime’s built-in spell checker (which I was happy with for many years, also using the titoBouzout/Dictionaries).