Among the many reasons I'm partial to Firefox is that Mozilla's browser has long offered a built-in spell checker. (Not that I need it, of course - we payd riters learnt gud speling in skool.)

Internet Explorer, even in its latest release, doesn't do bad spellers any favours. Thankfully, there's Speckie, a free Internet Explorer add-on that provides real-time spell checking.

After installing Speckie - which, incidentally, is compatible with all versions of Windows and all versions of Internet Explorer (including 9) - it immediately starts working, underlining any misspelled word with a squiggly red line. To see suggested correct spellings, just right-click the word.

If English isn't your primary language, you'll be glad to know that Speckie comes with a whopping 24 dictionaries, with languages ranging from Croation to Vietnamese.

Bottom line: if you're an Internet Explorer user who needs a spell-checker for email, web forms, and other browser-based activities, Speckie gets the job done quickly and efficiently.