WinEdt uses dictionaries to highlight misspelled words as they are being typed (optional) as well as for compilation of possible word completion(s) and the list of suggestions for misspelled words. WinEdt's Dictionary manager allows users to configure WinEdt for more than one dictionary. Environments that should not be subject to spell checking can be excluded...
You should read the Help in WinEdt's Dictionary Manager Dialog for more information on installing additional dictionaries and setting the numerous available options for your needs. For users of WinEdt 6 and above, the macro InstallDict.edt will ease installation of new dictionaries.
Note that there are now two versions of each dictionary: "ASCII" for WinEdt versions 5.x and 6, and "UNICODE" for WinEdt 7 and above. Make sure to download the right one.
The table below lists all available dictionaries (word lists), linking to the /systems/win32/winedt/dict directory on a CTAN mirror near you. The sizes of dictionaries below refer to the zipped archive. The actual size of the word lists is approximately three or four times larger. Each dictionary is accompanied by a short text (TXT) file describing the relevant information pertaining to that dictionary's creation and installation instructions. You should read this file before downloading and installing the associated dictionary.
Dictionaries marked by (*), and all Unicode dictionaries, are currently not uploaded to CTAN and are available only from WinEdt's server.
The English (UK+US) dictionary consists of more .dic files to allow for different spelling conventions. The older, simpler dictionaries English (UK) and English (US) are available for those users who prefer a straightforward setup and don't want to make any choices ...
While the German (old+new sp) dictionary and its Swiss variant German (CH, old+new sp) contain two word lists for the new and the old spelling respectively, the much larger German (new sp) dictionary only contains words according to the new (1996) German spelling rules.
Some word lists are rather large and on a slow or low-resource computer they may affect the performance of WinEdt. Therefore, some alternative (smaller) word lists are also provided (for Russian and Polish).
External spell checkers
Since WinEdt can interface to any application, it is also possible to use an external spell checker with WinEdt.
Hspell is a free Hebrew spell checker. In addition, the project has also produced a Hebrew morphological analyzer, which for every valid Hebrew word lists all of its possible readings (valid combinations of prefix and inflected base word).
The project's site is at www.ivrix.org.il/projects/spell-checker, where it can also be downloaded. Hspell requires a cygwin system.
New contributions are welcome! If you've compiled a word list that is currently not available and you would like to share it with others, you can upload it to ftp://ftp.winedt.org/incoming/ and let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corrections or additions for existing dictionaries should be directed to the respective maintainer.