Check your grammar and spelling with Ginger [Windows]

Are you looking for a tool to help you with your grammers and spelings? Ginger is a free tool that may be able to help. It lets you get both grammar and spelling corrections in all three major browsers, and Microsoft Office.

Ginger lets you get grammar and spelling correction entirely from within your browser. Adding to the standard red underlines for spelling errors, Ginger underlines problems it finds in think green lines. Right-clicking on an underlined word gives you a small popup window telling you what Ginger thinks you should do. For instance, it might advice you to use is instead of am, or add a the to the beginning of a noun.

Unfortunately, Ginger’s app support is less than amazing. It supports Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome, but doesn’t support any of the lesser-known web browsers, and entirely lacks support for any Metro not-Metro app. It does however include support for any modern Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint version, enabling you to produce error-free documents and presentations.

Ginger is overall a nice program. It’d of course be nice to have more application support, but even as it is, Ginger offers a wide-enough range of program support, as most people now spend most of their time in their web browser. It’s free, but if you pay them $89 for the Premium version, it’ll create custom quizzes based off of your mistakes, enabling you to actively learn to write better English.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.6.42

Supported OS: Windows

Download size: 11.0MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Ginger homepage

[via Freeware Genius]

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  • DoktorThomas

    Locutus of Borg was the Borg designation forced upon Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard after his assimilation in late 2366.

  • Gully

    Can anyone provide a comparison between Ginger and the Microsoft Word grammar and spell checker? I find that MS uses phoney gramar “rules” and frequently cannot correctly identify parts of speech. Turning off these faulty rules turns off too many other needed checks. Many words (cf. Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster New Third International Unabridged) are excluded and when new words are added, common variants (like plurals and possessives) are not automatically included.

  • Ginger

    Hi Locutus, Thanks for spreading the word. We really appreciate it! =)

  • @Ashraf: Hmm, that’s an interesting deal. I’ll have to consider it!

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: What he said. I should hire this guy.

  • @Locutus: @Ashraf: It’s much more than being SEO optimized. Having three separate articles allows us to cover them in more detail, and to give developers more of the coverage they deserve.

  • Ashraf

    @John: Ditto. I’m fairly certain he did it on purpose.
    @etim: I’m sorry but this change was necessary to bring more value to dotTech. This new format is more SEO optimized than the last one.
    @Locutus: This.

  • @etim: Personally, I like having three separate articles a day, but I’d much rather have them all spaced out. We’re looking into it, and will be experimenting with timing later this week.

  • etim

    I liked it better when there weren’t so many separate emails.

  • John

    I thick nowing Locotus it was purpus!

    Personally I like to use


  • @Kay: I believe that the intro was from Locotus and not from the developer. Maybe it was done on purpose, maybe not, only Locotus knows!

  • Kay

    If their intro was the best it could do – no thanks. In the first couple paragraphs, I noticed 3 errors. (grammer, spelings and in think green lines)