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How to: Add Spell Check Menu to the Standard Text Controls

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This example demonstrates how to show the WinForms SpellChecker context menu for standard .NET TextBox and RichTextBox controls.

The BarManager component is used to create and show the popup menu. For this, the BarManager.QueryShowPopupMenu event is handled. Menu items are obtained with the SpellChecker.GetCommandsByError method and added to the PopupMenuBase.ItemLinks collection of the newly created popup menu. The BarManager.SetPopupContextMenu method assigns the popup menu to the specified TextBox and RichTextBox controls.

The MemoEdit control located on the same form has built-in SpellChecker support and does not require extra code to show the SpellChecker context menu.

The SpellCheckerBase.PrepareSuggestions event is handled to modify suggested words displayed in the SpellChecker context menu.


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using DevExpress.XtraBars;
using DevExpress.XtraSpellChecker;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace SpellCheckerMenuExample
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        PopupMenu popupMenu1 = new PopupMenu();
        BarManager barManager1 = new BarManager();

        public Form1()
            spellChecker1.PrepareSuggestions += spellChecker1_PrepareSuggestions;
            barManager1.Form = this;

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            spellChecker1.SpellCheckMode = SpellCheckMode.AsYouType;
            spellChecker1.ParentContainer = this;
            spellChecker1.CheckAsYouTypeOptions.CheckControlsInParentContainer = true;

            popupMenu1.Manager = barManager1;
            barManager1.QueryShowPopupMenu += barManager1_QueryShowPopupMenu;

            // Add spelling menu to the standard controls.
            barManager1.SetPopupContextMenu(textBox1, popupMenu1);
            barManager1.SetPopupContextMenu(richTextBox1, popupMenu1);

        private void barManager1_QueryShowPopupMenu(object sender, QueryShowPopupMenuEventArgs e)
            Point position = e.Control.PointToClient(e.Position);
            DevExpress.XtraSpellChecker.Rules.SpellCheckErrorBase error = spellChecker1.CalcError(position);
            e.Cancel = error == null;
            List<SpellCheckerCommand> commands = spellChecker1.GetCommandsByError(error);
            if (commands != null)
                foreach (SpellCheckerCommand command in commands)
                    BarButtonItem item = new BarButtonItem(barManager1, command.Caption);
                    item.Enabled = command.Enabled;
                    item.Tag = command;
                    item.ItemClick += new ItemClickEventHandler(OnPopupMenuItemClick);
                BarButtonItem itemShowSpellingForm = new BarButtonItem(barManager1, "Show Spelling Form");
                itemShowSpellingForm.ItemClick += OnPopupMenuShowSpellingForm_ItemClick;

        void OnPopupMenuItemClick(object sender, ItemClickEventArgs e)
            (e.Item.Tag as SpellCheckerCommand).DoCommand();

        void OnPopupMenuShowSpellingForm_ItemClick(object sender, ItemClickEventArgs e)

        #region #preparesuggestions_event
        void spellChecker1_PrepareSuggestions(object sender, PrepareSuggestionsEventArgs e)
            string pattern = "(De|de)[a-z]+x[a-z]*s+";
            System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex rgx = new System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex(pattern);
            if (rgx.IsMatch(e.Word)) e.Suggestions.Insert(0, new SuggestionBase("DevExpress", 0));
        #endregion #preparesuggestions_event