The spelling program for every adult learner, child and school is Personal Best Spelling
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Personal Best Spelling Instructions

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The spelling program on CD

Here are the instructions for the three tasks you need to do when you receive your CD, namely:
1. Install the program.
2. Register it.
3. Install ready made word lists and create your own lists.
4. Read hints and tips for using the program effectively.

Please take the time to read and follow these instructions carefully. This will avoid many problems and save a lot of time and frustration.

Installing the program from the CD

To install, simply place the CD into your CD drive. After a while, say 10 or 20 seconds, the CD will start to spin and the installation menu will appear on your screen (see Figure 1 below). Select the version you want to install and follow the on-screen prompts and the program will install itself on your computer, as follows. If the installation menu does not appear, see the Troubleshooting section, item 1, below.

Figure 1. Personal Best Spelling install menu. Click the version you want to install.

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After you see and accept the licence agreement (Figure 2 below), the program will install itself on your computer, as follows.

 

Figure 2. Licence agreement screen 

Figure 3. Click "Setup Personal Best Speller."

 

Figure 4 above. Click "OK." Note which folder the program installs in. Although you can change this folder/directory, this is not recommended unless you are very familiar with computers. If you change the install folder you will also have to do the same when you install the word lists. 

 

Figure 5 above. If you are asked if you want to create the new folder, click "Yes". 

 

Figure 6 above. The moving bars indicates the program is installing itself.
A brief pause during installation may occur and is perfectly normal. 

Figure 7 above. Figure 7 or 8 shows that the installation was successful. After you click "Quit Installer" you can start the program by double-clicking on its icon or name, when that appears, or you can start the program from the Windows Start menu as described in the next step. 

Figure 8 

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Starting the program for the first time

If you are using Windows XP or Vista, you should now be able to start the spelling program from your Start menu.

Click on Start (bottom left of your screen), then click on All Programs, then click on Applications. You should see these two sub-menu items - Personal Best Speller and Uninstall Personal Best Speller (Figure 9 below). 

Figure 9 

Click on Personal Best Speller to start the spelling program. If Personal Best Speller does not appear on your computers menu, see Troubleshooting, item 2, below.

Figure 10 below shows what your computer screen should look like when you start up the program.

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If you are using another version of Windows, the spelling program may appear in a different menu system and you can start it from there. If Personal Best Spelling does not appear on your computer’s program menu, see Troubleshooting, item 2, below.

The next step is to register the program.

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Registering the program

From the program startup screen (Figure 10, above), click on "About Registration." This brings up the Registration screen (Figure 11 below).

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Click "Find Out How to Register" and you will see a screen with an Installation Code (Figure 12 below).

Figure 12

Email the Installation Code to us using the Contact Form. We will then send you your Registration Code. Please check that the Installation Code is copied correctly because if you send us an incorrect code then the registration code that we give you will not work. This happens from time to time.

You should receive your registration code within 24 hours, normally. When you receive the code, enter it into the box below the Installation Code (Figure 12) and click OK or hit the Enter key. Your program should now be registered and you should see a confrmation screen (Figure 10). If the program does not accept the registration code, this may be because you gave us an incorrect Installation Code. Please check the Installation Code and send us the correct one so we can give you another registration code.

After you enter the registration code your screen should look something like Figure 13 below, although the number will be different.

Figure 13

After you have registered the program, you can then install the hundreds of word lists that come with the registered version.

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Installing the word lists

The CD ROM version has all the word lists on the CD. Here are the steps for transferring the word lists from the CD to your computer:

1. Put the CD into the CD drive.

2. Start Windows Explorer by right-clicking on Start and clicking Explore (Figure 14 below).

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3. Click on the plus (+) sign next to the CD ROM drive letter, usually D: That will open up four folders on the CD (Figure 15). Note that the drive with the CD in this example is drive (I:) and your CD drive letter may be different.

Figure 15

4. Click on the plus sign next to the folder for your selected version, e.g., "Adult-US". That will open its contents and you will see a folder called "wordlists".

5. Click on this wordlists folder. On the right of the screen you will now see many word lists. They all end with the extension "txt" (Figure 16).

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6. Select one of the word lists, then click Edit | Select All (Figure 17).

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7. With all the files still selected, right click on the selection area, and select Copy from the menu that pops up. Alternatively, with all the files still selected, use CTRL-C to copy the files.

8. Find the folder where the program is installed, e.g., C:\WINDOWS\PBS16ADU (adult version) or C:\WINDOWS\PBS16ADU (child version )and select that folder (Figure 18).

Figure 18

Paste all the files into that folder (CTRL-V).
9. The word lists should now appear for selection next time you start the program.

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Troubleshooting

1. insert the spelling program CD into the drive, but nothing happens.

The CD should start to spin and then the installation menu should appear on screen.

If the CD does not spin, AutoRun may be disabled: Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel/System/Device Manager and check that View Devices By Type is selected. Double-click the CD-ROM line and note how it produces a new line underneath. This new line describes the type of CD-ROM you have.

Double-click that new line and you should see the CD-ROM Properties window.

Select the Settings tab and look for a checkbox labelled Auto Insert Notification.

To enable AutoRun, check this box, click OK twice until prompted to restart your PC, then do so. AutoRun is now enabled.

If autorun is not disabled, but still does not work with the CD, you can start the program manually, as follows:

Click Start, Run, and type in one of the following according to your version choice:

  • Adult Spelling version, USA type D:\ Adult-US\setup.exe
  • Adult Spelling version, UK type D:\Adult-UK\setup.exe
  • Child version, USA type D:\Child-US\setup.exe
  • Child version, UK type D:\Child-UK\setup.exe
  • where D: is the CD ROM drive letter (yours might be different, e.g., F).

2. Personal Best Speller does not appear on your Windows XP/Vista Startup menu or other Windows program menu.

It is possible that the installation did not work. You may have received some kind of error message during installation. If so, send that to us using this bug report form and we will try to diagnose the problem and suggest a remedy. You could also try some things yourself, e.g., you could try re-installing the program and see if that works.

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Downloaded version

Here are the instructions for the four tasks you need to do, namely:
1. Download the program.
2. Install it.
3. Register it.
4. Install the word lists.
5. Read hints and tips for using the program effectively.

You may already have downloaded and installed the program, in which case you only need to read sections 3 (registering) and 4 (installing word lists) and 5 (how to use the program). However, if you have experience problems with downloading (item 1) or installing (item 2), you might like to refer to those instructions, as well.

Please take the time to read and follow these instructions carefully. This will avoid many problems and save a lot of time and frustration.

Downloading

1. To download, click on the download link on the website, selecting the adult or child version. Alternatively, copy and paste one of the following links into your browser:
Adult version: http://www.spellingzone.com/pbs16adu.exe
Child version: http://www.spellingzone.com/pbs16kid.exe.

2. The File Download box appears. Check the filename is correct, either pbs16adu.exe (adult version) or pbs16kid.exe (child version).

3. In answer to the question, "Would you like to open the file or save it, select Save. Note which folder it is saved in because you may have to find the file later. "Download Complete" should show up when the download process is finished.

4. Using Windows Explore (Right click Start | Explore), locate the downloaded file and double click on it. The WinZip Self-Extractor box appears, like this:

Select "Unzip."

You may also see an information box, like this:

Make a note of this important information. Then click "OK" and continue.

Follow the on-screen instructions. If you get an error message at any stage that says “pbs16adu.exe (or pbs16kid.exe) is not a valid …file” then the downloaded file was possibly corrupted during the download process. See Troubleshooting, item 2, below for a remedy.

5. When all the program files have been extracted, the spelling program setup box should appear. You are now ready to install the program.

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Installing

Click "Setup Personal Best Spelling". Accept the installation folder (don't change it because when you later download and install the word lists they will go into the default folder - see item 9 below). Click OK.

The next message should be "You have successfully installed Personal Best Spelling."

If installation was successful, you should now be able to find the program on your computer’s program menu. If you are using Windows XP/Vista, Click on Start (bottom left of your screen) | All Programs | Applications. You should see these two sub-menu items, Personal Best Speller and Uninstall Personal Best Speller. Click on Personal Best Speller to start the spelling program. If Personal Best Spelling does not appear on your computer’s menu and you are unable to start the program any other way, see Troubleshooting, item 1, below.

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Registering

To register the program, start it up and you will see the startup menu. Click on About Registration, find the Installation Code on that screen and email that to us. We will then send you your registration code. Please check that the Installation Code is correct because if you send us an incorrect code then the registration code that we give you will not work. This happens from time to time.

You should receive your registration code within 24 hours, normally. When you receive the code, enter it into the box on the About Registration screen and click OK or hit the Enter key. Your program should now be registered.

If the program does not accept the registration code, this may be because you gave us an incorrect Installation Code. Please check the Installation Code and send us the correct one so we can give you another registration code.

After you have registered the program, you can install the hundreds of word lists that come with the registered version.

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Downloading and installing the word lists

Once the program is registered, you can download and install hundreds of word lists (the unregistered trial or demo version only comes with a few word lists).

The word lists are bundled with the program download file and if you know how to do it then you can install the lists from there. However, if you’re not sure how to do that then don’t even try it. Instead, you can download the compressed word list file from the website, selecting your preferred version (adult or child) and your preferred spelling rules (USA or UK/Oz).

Here are the wordlist selections and download links (you cancopy and paste the link into your browser):

(a) US spelling, adult version - wordsallusadu.exe can be downloaded at
http://www.spellingzone.com/wordsallusadu.exe or here.

(b) US spelling, child version - wordsalluskid.exe can be downloaded at
http://www.spellingzone.com/wordsalluskid.exe or here.

(c) UK/Oz spelling, adult version - wordsallukadu.exe can be downloaded at
http://www.spellingzone.com/wordsallukadu.exe or here.

(d) UK/Oz spelling, child version - wordsallukkid.exe can be downloaded at
http://www.spellingzone.com/wordsallukkid.exe or here.

Wordlists will unpack automatically into the same default folder as the program itself, namely C:\windows\pbs16adu (adult) or C:\windows\pbs16kid (child). Please note - if you have changed the default program installation folder to something else you will have to transfer the word lists into that folder.

You can also create and edit your own word lists using a text editor such as notepad. Keep lists short, say no more than 10 to 15 words; even shorter for young children. Further instructions are contained within the program.

Advice on other things concerned with this spelling program can be found on our frequently asked questions page: http://www.spellingzone.com/faq.html

Details of our other Old Way New Way Learning Systems can be found at this website.

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Troubleshooting

1. If Personal Best Speller does not appear on your Windows XP/Vista Startup menu or other Windows program menu, then it is possible that the installation did not work. You may have received some kind of error message during installation. If so, send that to us using this bug report form and we will try to diagnose the problem and suggest a remedy. You could also try some things yourself, e.g., you could try re-installing the program and see if that works.

2. If you get an error message at any stage that says “pbs16adu.exe (or pbs16kid.exe) is not a valid …file” it is possible that the downloaded file was corrupted during the download process. Delete the download program file and try downloading and installing again. If this does not solve the problem there may be some other computer problem for which we do not have a ready answer, unfortunately.

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Personal Best Spelling word lists

Using word lists

Personal Best Spelling comes complete with hundreds of word lists when the program is registered. Unregistered, the program contains some word lists for demonstration purposes only.

The program has to be registered before you can use these word lists. Instructions for registering the program and installing word lists are contained in the FAQ page.

There are hundreds of word lists for adults and for children; for U.S. and U.K./Oz spelling conventions; and for various professional groups like medical practitioners and police officers. New lists are provided, from time to time. All lists are free to download and use by registered users of Personal Best Spelling.

For convenience, most word lists lists are organised into categories, e.g., nouns; specific areas of professional practice, e.g., neurology; words that typically cause spelling problems (demons); and so on.

Please note the following details about these lists:

  • Lists are zipped text files (ASCII DOS TEXT), take up very little disk space on your computer; will download quickly; will self-install; and most are accompanied by a brief description.
  • The lists should unzip to the same folder as the one in which you installed the spelling program (usually c:\windows\pbs16adu\), so that the program can automatically find and use the word lists. If you have changed the default program installation folder then you will have to ensure that the word lists also go into that folder.
  • Words are available in both U.S. English and U.K./Oz English spelling, except for medical and police terms.
  • New lists are added from time to time.

As useful as these word lists are, they cannot hope to cover all the words you might want or need to learn.

Therefore, the best way to use this spelling program is by creating your own word lists. This can be done either within the program itself or by using a word processor. Instructions are contained within the program.

You can fully edit word lists—add new terms, delete outdated terms and alter the spelling of any word in the list to suit your own spelling conventions. In fact, you are encouraged to edit the lists in order to make them more suitable for your own use.

You can create your own word lists and include only those words that you habitually misspell or always have to look up in a medical dictionary. This is the best way to use the spelling program.

Word lists can contain different kinds of entries all mixed together. A word list can contain entries that consist of one word, e.g., enucleated, or an entry can be a medical term that consists of multiple words, e.g., arcus senilis. An entry can also consist of an abbreviation along with its expanded form, e.g., CIS (carcinoma in situ).

This flexibility in creating your own word lists is also useful when learning a foreign language that may require word list entries that contain multiple words, e.g., billet-doux.

Basically, you can enter whatever you like into a word list. The important thing to note, though, is that when the program asks you to spell (type) the word you must type it from memory exactly as it appears in the word list, including any spaces, brackets, hyphens, punctuation marks, and so on.

If what you type does not mirror exactly what is written then it will register an error and you will be asked to re-enter the item. For this reason, you may wish to edit some of the entries in the word lists prior to use, in order to make each entry more suitable for your own preferences.

Here are three examples of different ways you can use the word lists that you create.

  1. You have received a list of new words that you have to learn. Create a word list containing these words using the spelling program and then use the Learn New Words section of the program to learn the words in the word list.

    Important - keep your word lists short, say no more than 5 words in a list, especially when using the program for the first time. Far better to have two lists each containing 5 words than one list with 10 words.

    Why? The program takes time to walk you through each word list and if the list is long then the whole process is too lengthy and too demanding. As well, the program won't let you stop half way through a list and then pick up from where you left off when you restart the program next time; it makes you start all over again from the beginning of a word list.

    Therefore, you have to work through all the words in a word list in one sitting. That's no problem if your word list is short but it can become a problem if your word list is long.

    You may find that some of the word lists that are supplied with the program are simply too long to learn in one sitting. This problem can be overcome by editing/splitting the word list into two or more shorter lists. This can be done using a word processor or a text editor such as Notepad or WordPad in Windows XP. Word lists must be saved as a plain "text" file with a .txt extension and the filename should be no more than 8 characters in length, e.g., bigwords.txt.
  2. You have some words that you are unsure how to spell and you always have to look up the spelling. Create one or more word lists containing these words and then use the Correct Problem Words section of the program to learn how to spell and remember these words, once and for all.
  3. You have learnt some new words using the Learning New Words section of the program and now want to practise those words and test yourself. Use the Spelling Tester section of the program to do this. It will improve your memory for spelling and provide the necessary practice.

    Of course, the best way to practise your spelling is to use the new words that you learn in your day-to-day writing. Remember, if you don't use it; you lose it!

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U.S. spelling

U.S. spelling. Contains all the word lists that come with the program, for both adult and child versions, except medical and police terms which can be downloaded separately. Lists are easily identified and come with explanatory text.

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U.K./Oz spelling

U.K. and OZ spelling. Contains all word lists that come with the program, for both adult and child versions, except medical and police terms which can be downloaded separately. Lists are easily identified and most come with explanatory text.

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Adult spelling lists

Registered users can download and use one or more of the following word lists, as well as create their own word lists.

Download lists of some commonly misspelled words (demons) here.

Download lists of some of the most common words in reading, here.

Download lists of some of the most common nouns in reading, here.

Download lists of a core of words that people should be able to spell on sight, without sounding, here.

Download lists of the most common words that cover about three-quarters of adult reading, here.

Download all the above word lists in one file here: U.S. English and U.K./Oz English.

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Child/school lists

Word lists for children and schools contain words that pose problems for school age children. Words are graded/grouped for age level and by first letter of the word, for convenience. The word lists cover commonly misspelled words (demons); the most common words in children's reading; the most common nouns; a core of words that people should be able to spell on sight, without sounding; and the most common words that cover about three-quarters of children's reading.

Download lists of commonly misspelled words (demons) here.

Download lists of the most common words in children's reading, here.

Download lists of the most common nouns in children's reading, here.

Download lists of a core of words that children should be able to spell on sight, without sounding, here.

Download lists of the most common words that cover about three-quarters of children's reading, here.

Download lists of Grade 2 words, here.

Download lists of Grade 3 words, here

Download lists of Grade 4 words, here

Download lists of Grade 5 words, here

Download lists of Grade 6 words, here

Download all the above word lists in one file, here: wordsalluskid.exe (US spelling) or wordsallukkid.exe (UK/Oz spelling).

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Medical terms

Medical word lists are now available for Personal Best Spelling. Words follow the U.S. spelling convention but can be edited to conform to other spelling conventions. Intending users should check that the terms are suitable for use within their own medical practice.

The list of medical terms can be downloaded as a self-installing utility from the medical spelling page. The file will unzip (decompress) and place the word lists into the folder where Personal Best Spelling installs by default, i.e., C:\windows\pbs16adu\.

Medical terms are sorted into approximately 600 separate word lists covering the following medical fields, among others:

  • cardiovascular
  • dermatology
  • gastrology
  • male reproductive
  • musculoskeletal
  • nephrology
  • neurology
  • neuropsychology
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • oncology
  • opthalmology
  • radiology
  • respiratory
  • urology
  • oncology

Medical word lists are organised alphabetically within each medical specialty. Words are listed alphabetically within each word list.

Medical terminology "demons", those terms that typically cause spelling problems, are also covered in 65 lists.

You can fully edit word lists—add new terms, delete outdated terms and alter the spelling of any word in the list to suit your own spelling conventions.

You can even create your own word lists and include only those words that you habitually misspell or always have to look up in a medical dictionary. This is the best way to use the spelling program.

Note that these lists are provided "as is" and apart from being updated from time to time there is no further support provided for these lists.

More information about these medical terms lists is provided on the medical spelling page.

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Police terms

Police word lists are now available for Personal Best Spelling. These lists are currently used by the Victorian Police (Australia). Intending users should check that the spelling of these words is consistent with their country's spelling conventions and that the terms are suitable for use within their own police force.

The list of police terms can be downloaded from the police terms lists page as a self-installing utility. The file will unzip (decompress) and place the word lists in the folder where Personal Best Spelling installs by default, i.e., C:\windows\pbs16adu\.

Note that these lists are provided "as is" and apart from being updated from time to time there is no further support provided for these lists.

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