How to Find Typos

This is a list of methods on how to find typos, plus external links for further study, you are invited to submit more tips or hints.

This page is about finding typos that occurred by accident after your feel your have completed the writing assignment. Now, sometimes a person does not possess the writing skills to complete a document up to standards needed by his or her profession. This means no amount of personal proofreading is going to perfect your work, an editor, a friend, or person who cares to help is needed.

My name is Andy Graham, I am a travel writer, and have a large followining of readers who wish I had better writing skills. I do my best, but often it is not possible for me to find where I have errored.

Read how to avoid or prevent typos?

Program to remove typos

This programs is great, by allowing the computer to read the text back to me, I am capable of finding eight out of 10 typos. The software is free, please do not be cynical, I am  not making money by recommending this program, I am just a grateful user who wishes who celebrate my find.

List of way to find typos?

  1. Use spell checker in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works.

  2. Find typos by reading the document backwards.

  3. Read aloud your writing and the typos and awkward passages will sound out of place.

  4. Have your computer read the document out loud, I discovered this free program and I am making amazing progress. I highlight a paragraph, click CTRL C to copy, and the computer starts to read, I follow along and fix the problems while it talks.

    Find Typos Writing Software

  5. Print the article to paper, then read it, this will allow you to see from a different angle, proofreading requires a new view of something that is too familiar.

  6. My eyes are bad, I need reading glasses, therefore I increase the size of the font to super large, whereby I can see the words clearly, no accidental overlooking of small words. An "i" is can be converted to the "I" because I can now see what I did wrong because of the larger font.

  7. Change the font from comfortable fonts like Times New Roman to something hard to read like Comic Sans, this will force you to focus on the words. Note, be sure and write in your normal font, than change the font for proofreading.

  8. Present the document to a friend to read, in the few minutes prior to giving the document to your frirend, you will become hyper-sensitive to mistakes. In this time, in this moment, you will have a heighten awareness of problems.

  9. Pay a person to proofread your documents, this can be annoyingly long and tiresome, process. There is a feature in Microsoft Word that allows corrections to be shown, and than you must OK that the edit was appropriate. However, you must wait for the document to return before you can continue with changes, you need a quick turn around time.

  10. Convince readers to sign up to edit your written pages, you are invited to add, edit, update and fix typo problems on this page by signing up with "My Hobo."

Typos defined: A typographical error (often shortened to typo) is a mistake made in, originally, the manual type-setting (typography) of printed material, or more recently, the typing process. The term includes errors due to mechanical failure or slips of the hand or finger, but usually excludes errors of ignorance, such as spelling errors. Before the arrival of printing, the "copyist's mistake" or "scribal error" was the equivalent for manuscripts. Most typos involve simple duplication, omission, transposition, or substitution of a small number of characters.

As many typos are caused by a finger accidentally hitting two adjacent keys of a keyboard in a single keystroke during data entry (for example, buckled instead of bucked due to the adjacency of the L key to the K key on many keyboards), the term fat finger (often in the combination "fat-finger syndrome") is used as slang for accidental typing slips.

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