Frequently Asked Questions

1) I can spell correctly if the word I need is spelled as it sounds - but not many words are. How can Write Right help me?

2) How can Write Right improve spelling?

3) What happens if Write Right can't find a word?

4) I am a very slow typist. Words often turn red before I've finished typing them. Why?

5) I do need help with spelling but sometimes Write Right seems to provide too much help. What can I do?

6) Sometimes I have to wait a very long time before a wrong word turns green. Why is this.

7) Which version of English does Write Right use?

8) What does Write Right cost?

9) My question isn't here. What can I do?


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1) I can spell correctly if the word I need is spelled as it sounds - but not many words are. How can Write Right help me?

Write Right is specially designed to interpret phonetic (as the word sounds) spellings. If you typed fonetick for example Write Right would find phonetic.

The program will also 'read' the word for you, and often provides an illustration as well - so you can be confident that you are choosing the word you want.

As well as this it automatically spots many words which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. It then shows you, normally with illustrations, what these words are so that you can choose the correct ones.

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2) How can Write Right improve spelling?

There is no quick solution to spelling problems, but the very best way to remember how to spell a word is to type it correctly.
Of course this won't make you a good speller straight away - but over the weeks it will help a lot.

If the 're-type' option is turned on, whenever you click on a correct spelling which Write Right has found for you - you will first have to type the word correctly. Only then will the program insert it into your text.

It's a nuisance, but it really will help in the long run.

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3) What happens if Write Right can't find a word?

If you are a single user (and you are sure you have used the correct spelling) you will be able to enter the word into your personal Dictionary so that it is treated as correct from then on. However, if you are in any doubt at all you can choose the option to 'Leave it'. The word will be coloured blue. This will give you the chance to check more thoroughly - or ask somebody else - later. The blue text can be returned to its normal colour with the click of a button.

Parents or teachers are able to block all entries into the personal dictionary and to deny the ability to clear blue text.

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4) I am a very slow typist. Words often turn red before I've finished typing them. Why?

Normally Write Right will check the spelling of a word as soon as you finish typing it. But if you don't 'end' your word with some sort of punctuation (like a space or full-stop) the program will wait a while and then check.
If you are a slow typist it can be a nuisance if Write Right marks a word as wrong when you are in the middle of typing it.
There is a function which allows you to change the number of seconds Write Right will wait before checking.

Because reducing (or increasing) the waiting time could lead to frustration for others - this function is reserved to single users, parents or teachers.

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5) I do need help with spelling but sometimes Write Right seems to provide too much help. What can I do?

Nearly all of Write Right's features can be turned on or off. The spelling panels will still appear, but you will only hear speech if you move the mouse cursor over a picture with a small 'sound' symbol in the top left-hand corner.

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6) Sometimes I have to wait a very long time before a wrong word turns green. Why is this.

Write Right checks many alternatives for each 'sound' in your word. If the word has several vowels - in particular 'a' or 'u' it may have to scan hundreds of possibilities. Even on a fast computer this can take a few seconds. - but it will still be quicker than finding the word in a dictionary.

By default Write Right's 'search depth' is set at five. If you reduce this setting fewer words will be correctly identified but the search will be quicker. Increasing it will make the search more exhaustive but slower. The range is '0 to 20'.

If Write Right fails to find the word you want at a low level it's worth trying a higher level search.

'0' will result in a fast search which looks for broadly similar spellings only.

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7) What version of English does Write Right use?

Write Right uses Standard (International) English spelling and pronunciation. If you use different spellings and pronunciation as your standard this will affect the program's usefulness to you. However - there's nothing to stop you trying the it free for thirty days - and making up your own mind!

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8) What does Write Right cost?

Current prices in GBP are as follows.
VAT only applies within the EU

For a single user, on a single computer - (Home use) £10.00 + VAT if applicable

For multiple use please email using the contact button.
Prices are as follows:-
For multiple use on up to five computers - Single site £45 + VAT if applicable
For multiple use on up to ten computers or Primary School site licence. - Single site £85 + VAT if applicable
For multiple use on more than ten computers - Single site £150 + VAT if applicable



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9) My question isn't here.

If you can't find the answer to your question either here or in Write Right's comprehensive Help file you may email it to us by clicking the Contact button on the left.