Changing spell check language

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dominordelingua, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. dominordelingua macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I've wanted for a long time to put my Macbook into the Spanish language, but I do all my schoolwork and emails in English causing it to mark every word I type as incorrect.

    Is there a way to change the spell check settings in Safari and other programs. Thanks.
  2. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    When you set the system language in System Preferences, it is a global setting for all cocoa applications (like Safari). Certain proprietary software (Microsoft Office for instance) have their own dictionary- so you could set English in Word and Spanish for the OS.
  3. dominordelingua thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2008
    So there is pretty much no chance of changing it huh? darn:(
  4. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    No. Do like x86isslow said and change it in System Preferences (under International, I think), and then change it as needed in other applications that it isn't a system-wide setting for.
  5. lamadude macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2006
    Brussels, BE
    I found this thread looking for an answer on the same question. Why hasn't apple implemented this? They have the spell check functionality built into the OS and many people work in a multilingual environment. I write stuff in Dutch, English, French and German nearly every day, and nearly everyone who doesn't have English as their mother tongue writes in at least that language and English.
    Right now I use the spell check functions of firefox, where easy switching is possible, as well as the language switching in MS Word.

    The irony is that you need a spell check feature even more in a foreign language since it can be assumed that you know how to spell in your own language (although after reading some youtube comments, I'm not so sure anymore)

    Apple touts their built-in spell check that works for nearly every app, but by not allowing an easy way to switch the language they make it useless for a lot of people.

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