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 HySpell for Microsoft Word — User Guide
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Purpose of this guide

This guide will show you how to configure and use HySpell Armenian Spellchecker for Microsoft Word. HySpell is a spellchecking plug-in (i.e. customization) that runs inside Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook.

These instructions have been tested on Windows 10 with Microsoft Word 2016. The instructions are similar for other versions of Windows and Microsoft Word.

See also

For Microsoft Outlook, see its corresponding user guide: the HySpell for Microsoft Outlook User Guide.

Contents

Prerequisites

Configuration

By default, HySpell is configured to use classical Armenian orthography (also known as traditional or Mesrobian Armenian orthography); this is the spelling system used by the Armenian diaspora and the Armenian Apostolic Church.

HySpell also supports reformed Armenian orthography (also known as Soviet Armenian orthography) which was the result of spelling reforms in the 1920s in Soviet Armenia; this is the spelling system used by the majority in the Republic of Armenia and the former Soviet Union.

To set the orthography of HySpell, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Word and click on the Review tab.

  2. Click on the Armenian Spelling button below the ԱԲԳ graphic to reveal the menu options (do not click on the ԱԲԳ graphic, as this will initiate spelling correction instead).

  3. Select Options (Ընտրանք)… from the drop-down menu.

    The Ընտրանք window displays the default settings when you start Microsoft Word. (It does not necessarily display the currently active settings.) In the screenshot below, classical Armenian orthography is set as the default spelling the next time you start Microsoft Word, even though you may have set the spelling to reformed Armenian orthography during your current session.

  4. To change the orthography of your current session, choose the orthography from the Ուղղագրութիւն drop-down menu.

  5. (Optional) If you’d like to make your changes permanent, enable the chechbox labeled Կարգաբերել իբրեւ սկզբնական նախընտրանք. This will set the current settings as the default for the next time you start Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook.

  6. Click the գրանցել (Save) button to save your changes.

Using the Spellchecker

Now that you’ve configured HySpell with the orthography of your choice, you’re ready to start spellchecking your documents in Armenian.
  1. Compose your document in Armenian and then click on the Review tab.

  2. Click on the large ԱԲԳ icon above the Armenian Spelling label to begin spellchecking.

  3. Use the HySpell window pane on the right to review each unrecognized word.



    Depending on the situation, you can correct a word using one of the suggested words; you can skip an unrecognized word; or you can add a word to the dictionary.

    Correcting a word

    To correct an unrecognized word, (1) select a word from the suggestion list, and (2) click the Ուղղել (Correct) button.



    Ignoring a word

    To ignore an unrecognized word, click the Անտեսել (Ignore) button.



    Adding a new word

    To add an unrecognized word to the dictionary, click the + button.

    This may be useful, for example, if the word is an unrecognized name. In the example below, Արեգնազին was not recognized. To add the name Արեգնազ to the dictionary, click the + button.



    In the Աւելցնել Նոր Բառ (Add New Word) dialog box that opens, do the following:

    Subsequently both the spellchecker and the dictionary will recognize all forms of the new word. (See the next section on how to use the dictionary to look up words.) In the example below, we’ve looked up Արեգնազին, which the dictionary resolved to [արեգնազ]+ի+ն



    Similarly, looking up any other valid form of the noun Արեգնազ will be recognized by both the spellchecker and the dictionary. In the example below, Արեգնազը is searched, and resolved to [արեգնազ]+ը

Using the Dictionary / Thesaurus

HySpell for Microsoft Word comes built-in with a stemmer and an Armenian dictionary-thesaurus («Բառգիրք հայերէն լեզուի» by Անդրանիկ վրդ. Կռանեան). This can come in handy when you want to find a synonym of a word as you’re writing your document, or you want to double-check the meaning of a word.

The dictionary can be accessed either from the context menu or from the HySpell menu.

From the Context Menu

  1. Highlight a word in the document, right-click, and select Look Up (Բառարան)… from the context menu.

  2. The HySpell window pane on the right will show the result.

    The HySpell window pane has 4 sections:

    (1) The first section shows the word being looked up. In this example, խնդրենք

    (2) The second section shows an analysis of the word form, displaying its stem and any suffixes. In this example, [խնդրել]-լ+նք

    (3) The third section displays the part of speech of the word, followed by its definition and / or synonyms.

    (4) The fourth section provides links to useful Imaged Dictionaries on Nayiri.com for further reference, including:

From the HySpell Menu

The second way to access the built-in dictionary / thesaurus in HySpell is through HySpell’s main menu.

  1. Click on the Armenian Spelling button below the ԱԲԳ graphic to reveal the menu options (do not click on the ԱԲԳ graphic, as this will initiate spelling correction instead).

  2. Select Thesaurus (Բառագանձ)… from the menu.

    This will open the HySpell window pane on the far right, as shown below:

  3. In the HySpell window pane, (1) type a word into the text box labeled Բառ (Word) and (2) click the Որոնել (Search) button. In this example, we look up the word փոխանցում



    The HySpell window pane will be updated with the result, showing 4 sections:

    (1) The first section shows the word that you searched (փոխանցում in this example).

    (2) The second section shows an analysis of the word form, displaying its stem and any suffixes. In this example, two results were found: the noun [փոխանցում] and the verb [փոխանցել]-ել+ում

    (3) The third section displays the part of speech of the word, followed by its definition and / or synonyms. Selecting another result from the second section updates the third section.

    (4) The fourth section links to useful Imaged Dictionaries on Nayiri.com for further reference, including:

  4. (Optional) Click on one of the links to the Imaged Dictionaries under Տես Նաեւ (See also).

    In this example, we look up the word փոխանցում in the Մալխասեանց dictionary (by clicking on the first link).



    A new web browser window will be opened, showing the appropriate page of the Imaged Dictionary on Nayiri.com: