System wide language changes? Spell Check?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SteveMobs, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

    SteveMobs

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    #1
    Hey,

    I regularly e-mail/chat back and forth with friends in the Netherlands and Germany, so I was wondering if there was a way for me to do a quick system wide language change that could spell-check for me. So, what are those little flags for on my Menu Bar? I have the Dutch, German, and American flags, but I don't notice any changes when I switch between the three. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your help,
    -Steve
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Sounds like you're changing keyboard layouts. Most people would notice that. :D
     
  3. SteveMobs thread starter macrumors 6502

    SteveMobs

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    Changing keyboard layouts? All three languages use the Roman alphabet so I don't know how that would make a difference. Just need the spell-check to check for the respective language I need checked.

    Thanks
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's what the flag represents: different countries' keyboard layouts. You're not changing the system language. To do that, you'd have to go to  -> System Preferences -> International -> Language, but making changes to that list requires an application restart to take effect. There's no way to change spell check on the fly.
     

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