Adding Spell Check to a Field

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1 Overview

Spell checking can be added to any journal field in ServiceNow, such as a Comments box. Spell checking can be added to any input field, but is not typically done for single line input fields. To enable the spell checking dictionary, install the appropriate language plugin. Localization plugins have the form I18: <Language> Translations (for example I18: German Translations).

  • Field spell checking is not supported in UI15 or UI14.
  • The words in the dictionary are part of the language plugin. You cannot add, remove, or modify the dictionary.

2 Adding Spell Checking to a Field

To add a spell check option to any field:

  1. Navigate to System Definition > Dictionary.
  2. Sort the list by journal type fields and select a field to spell check.
    An example is the comments field in the task table. This applies spell checking in the specified language to the multi-line Comments text box for incidents, problems, and changes.
    The record for the Comments field on the Task table

  3. Click the table name to open the Dictionary form.
  4. Configure the Dictionary form and add the Spell check check box.
  5. Select the check box to enable spell checking in every Comments field on the Task table.
    Enabling spell check

  6. To use the spell checker in a task record, click the spell check icon Spellcheck_Icon.png next to the field label. The spell checker highlights the misspelled words.
    Examples of misspelled words

3 Dictionaries

Install the appropriate dictionary plugins (I18: <Language> Translations plugins) for all desired languages, and then navigate to System Properties > System Localization to configure the installed dictionaries. Select the dictionary to use for the localized ServiceNow instance. Language version such as English (US English), English UK, and Brazilian Portuguese are available.


The dictionaries available for spell checking include:

  • English US
  • English UK
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Portuguese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
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