Disable spell checking on Mac OS X

It drove me nuts to disable the automatic spell checking on text input fields in Mac OS X again and again to make that red lines going away on technical terms or other stuff not known by the spell checker.

Thankfully I found a post on http://dryfish.livejournal.com/8148.html which describes how to permanently disable automatic spell checking on Mac OS X.

I was going one step further and disabled all languages by renaming the whole ''Resources'' directory:

sudo mv /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources \

and creating an empty directory:

sudo mkdir /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/Resources

Warning: Don't touch your system that way if you don't know what the meaning of the commands above is.

Nohw I'm frie tu wreite as I wand!


Couldn't turn off the spell

Couldn't turn off the spell checking in Versionsapp, never needed it so far anyway, thanks for poiting out this method.

Thanks for the tip!

Thanks a lot for the tip. It feels good to being able to write the woy dat wi uant. Cheers, Enric

Thanks a dozen!

Thanks a dozen!


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

As a Web Developer those red squiggles are so annoying since none of my coding is considered "correct" by the spell check. I prefer much more to be able to check spelling when I choose to rather than have that visual noise in every document. Not all of my applications allow me to turn the feature off. So, thanks again!