Proofing tools (spell check, theasaurus, autocorrect)
One of the defining features of office down the years has been the proofing tools (i.e. Spell checker, theasaurus, autocorrect, grammar checker). I would love to see these come to Teams.
The way I envisage this working is as I'm typing a message the famous red/blue/green squigglies that we've all become familiar with should show up.
Most of all I'd like autocorrect (i.e. a spelling correction that I've used previously automatically gets applied as I type). Stretch goal for this, have a single set of autocorrects that work across all of Office 365, including the client apps.
Some people might think that such tools would not be applicable to a lightweight tool such as this (I would disagree, but everyone is different) so perhaps there should be the ability to toggle proofing tools on and off.
It should work across all Teams clients (i.e. desktop/mobile/web).
I must admit I'm not a user of Teams yet (although soon will be - our org is turning it on soon) so for all I know some of these things already exist - I somehow suspect that they don't all exist yet though. Most of all though I'd like the autocorrect feature and the red squigglies.
Hi everyone, the engineer working on this item has left the company and we’re working on replacing him. I wanted to give you that heads up because the work has paused, which extends our shipping date.
I really appreciate your patience as we work to get this back to actively worked on.
>>> 2018 <<<
Mike Williams commented
Hey Suphatra, all of Teams needs to have its basic international sufficiency engineering addressed. The more things you pile on broken infrastructure, the harder it gets to fix.
Notice also that any Office documents created in Teams also default to English(US) despite all settings (Windows, Office, keyboard, browser) to the contrary. Teams doesn't even honour the language settings in its own user profile preferences.
Jeff Adams commented
Not only lack of the autocorrect, but the lack of auto-capitalization at the beginning of sentences and the lack of auto-punctuation at the end of sentences is keeping users here from using Teams instead of Outlook.
I need a custom dictionary.
The omission of a reliable (and trainable) dictionary is, simply put, unacceptable for an application like this. The majority of users are working in business settings, many of which still hold standards that messages will be somewhat professional in nature. Teams makes it very challenging to hold that standard.
In addition to what other users have been saying, I would also like to point out that Teams currently marks most contractions as incorrect but then gives the same contraction as a suggestion. See screenshot attached. This is a pretty obvious programming error and likely represents rushed delivery / a lack of good oversight during development.
Please take these suggestions seriously, Microsoft. Just because many users are locked into the Microsoft ecosystem doesn't mean they should have to put up with this sort of nonsense.
heather mccolgan commented
I also would like to see a spell check, please!
Does anyone else have the issue where genuine words are being flagged as being incorrectly spelt with some suggestions (when right clicking on the word) not being actual words? I've attached a few examples and listed more below:
"any" - spelling suggestions include "and" and "Dany"
"box" - spelling suggestions include "boy" "xox" (pretty sure that's not even a word) and "Xbox"
"say" - spelling suggestions include "yay"
"many" - spelling suggestions include "man"
"call" - spelling suggestions include "cell", "ball", "all" and "cal" (pretty sure that's not even a word)
"but" - spelling suggestions include "bit", "bus", "bug" and "out"
"found" - spelling suggestions include "sound"
"even" - spelling suggestions include "Leven" (pretty sure that's not even a word) and "event"
"form" - spelling suggestions include "from" and "for"
so the last update is, that the "engineer working on this item" has left the company over a year ago ... really? How hard can it be to find someone who can implement a feature that already exists everywhere else?
Also with multiple language options, we have different spelling in Canada (colour vs color) and my team is bilingual (EN/FR). It would also be nice to have the ability to add words to dictionary as our work team has its own specific jargon
Lawrence S commented
MS can you please provide an update to this?
Don Genders commented
Can't believe the attitude that it's only a chat platform so anything goes! No wonder the English language is such a mess. It may be a chat platform, but there is absolutely no excuse for lazy, incorrect or poor English. I am lucky, I am a good speller, but averagely accurate on a keyboard, so I know if the red squiggles are me or MS, but as this is such a popular topic and MS sent it to sleep in Nov 2018, isn't it about time they woke it up again and did something to promote quality and assist those who do strive for excellence? Even in a chat! Surely they've found a techy wanting to work for them by now.
I can add a bit more scope creep to this, not only should it work with the same dictionary, but the autocorrect dictionary should be in the cloud. I am so sick of retraining autocorrect tools. It turns out that I may be a terrible speller but I very consistently misspell the same words over and over. I figure that once I am over half a century old I am probably not going to just magically start spelling things correctly.
Amazing how MS seems to be encouraging a step back. Especially in light of trying to say they are coming Grammarly.
Autocorrect is priority
The lack of proofing tools is probably the single biggest issue I have with this tool. A common shared dictionary and Autocorrect are essential. And I agree there need to be settings available to turn the various features on/off.
Like everyone else says- we're all using Teams at the moment and some of our users need to be able to speak quite formally on this platform. Autocorrect is priority for us, please resume dev on this one (or provide an update).
Al in St. Louis commented
This is coming up on three years. Three years! It would be excusable in Word where people are writing formal documents, but in a chat program?
Have a common shared custom dictionary that uses the same on that the rest of the Office 365 uses is a big deal. I find it very odd that this is not integrated into Teams and it should be a feature.
To all techs making spell checkers: please add an option to turn it off. Spell checkers annoy me more than wet socks!
In Teams, I am struggling to have a normal conversation with anyone because I write in two languages. Since I've been to school, I know how to spell, but every word I type is underlined! Turning it off is impossible, for no apparent reason.
Spell checkers are by far the most annoying "features" forced onto everyone in many apps. ALWAYS make them optional.
Marshall Crumiller commented
The dictionary is also atrociously lacking in actual words, constantly marking actual words as incorrectly spelled. For example: I've, you've, they've, we've, should've. Not a single one of those words is in the dictionary.
Two things should be done: 1) update to a dictionary that includes common English words such as those listed above, and 2) allow custom entries to be added.