How to Turn Off Spell Check in Mail for Mac OS X
Mac Mail users may find that even if they have
disabled auto-correct in OS X, an automatic Spell Check function continues to persist in the Mail app of OS X. For users who are confident in their spelling abilities, bothered by the spell-check function, or who are just tired of correcting the auto-corrections in their outbound emails, you may find it helpful to completely disable the spell check feature in Mail app on the Mac.
There are two ways to access this setting, the quickest and easiest is through a menu bar item, though you can also unselect the spellcheck feature in the Mail app preferences for Composing if desired.
Here’s how to quickly disable spell check in Mail app for OS X:
- From the Mac Mail app, create a new mail message so that a new email composition window is open and active
- Now pull down the “Edit” menu and go to “Spelling and Grammar” and then to the “Check Spelling” submenu, select “Never” to completely disable the spell check engine in Mail app
This will turn off all spell check functionality in OS X Mail app, regardless of what the universal system-level spelling autocorrect functionality is set to.
With this disabled, you can still opt to manually check your spelling as needed. To do that, you can go back in the “Spelling and Grammar” menu and choose “Check Document Now”, or, with an active email composition window open, hit Command + ; (semi-colon) to instantly spellcheck that email.
As mentioned before, this setting also exists in Mac Mail Preferences > Composing > Check Spelling > Never
Though this may seem odd to have multiple levels of typographical error correction, there are actually quite a few Mac apps that have separate spell check functionality like this, which can override or overrule the system level auto-corrections or vice versa. This is quite similar to spellcheck in Safari and autocorrect in Pages and TextEdit, which is also separate from the universal auto-correction preferences in OS X.
If spell-check and autocorrect bugs you on the Mac, you may also want to disable it on the iPhone and iPad too, which is controlled by a system-level switch and does not require individual iOS app toggles like some OS X apps do.