What is AppleSpell ??

CalGrunt

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When running the Activity Monitor, one of the process names that comes up quite a bit is AppleSpell. What is that ??
 

tyb

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Jan 6, 2008
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re AppleSpell

I would like to disable AppleSpell and would welcome advice as to how to do this in OSX.
 
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abcNoob

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How to get rid of AppleSpell

Open terminal and type in:

killall AppleSpell

It will temporarily stop AppleSpell, but not forever.

If you want it to stop forever, copy/paste this into a new AppleScript document using Script Editor.

repeat --repeat will make it go in an infinite loop, until "exit repeat" is called, unless you specify a parameter for "repeat" such as "until expression is true" or "with i from X to X".
do shell script "killall AppleSpell" --Executes the shell script
delay 10 --Pauses script execution for 10 seconds
end repeat

Save as an Application, then open System Preferences, then click Accounts, then click your account, then click Login Items tab.
Drag and drop the application into there.
 

!CodeMonkey

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Mar 28, 2010
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dead thread?

There are probably lot's of better articles on the intarwebs that discuss this apple spell thingy that troubles some people. I did however notice the contraindicated suggestion and thought best to donate a few moments of my time.

Apple spell is a great tool:
http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/spellcheck.html


I couldn't possibly imagine why anyone would want to turn it off, unless perhaps you are the greatest speller in the world. If you are concerned about memory usage, consider that apple spell uses approximately the same amount of memory as cron.

However, if you absolutely needed it gone and gone forever never to return again then locate and delete the file AppleSpell.service (in 10.6 it is locate in /System/Library/Services) This may generate some errors as the launchd attempts to load the service.

Perhaps the most correct approach would be to use a program like lingon that would allow you to easily edit the .conf files. Though I suppose if you're brave enough you could just find them and edit them yourself. Probably more trouble then it's worth, but if you're gonna do it anyway, ensure you've got a good backup before editing any system files.
 

jackwindinhair

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Jul 5, 2012
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I hate AppleSpell

it rewrites what I'm writing into something completely different, chooses it's erroneous and nonsensical version as I hit the space bar. Is there a simple way to turn it off? Why would Apple embed deep in programming such a ridiculous thing?
 
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mmomega

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So you're talking about autocorrect?

Open System preferences, Click Language and Text, Select Text tab, uncheck Correct Spelling Automatically.
 

dyk95112

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Oct 18, 2014
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When running the Activity Monitor, one of the process names that comes up quite a bit is AppleSpell. What is that ??
Suspect. Too convenient target for espionage, key capturing, cyberbullying, human predation. All companies complicit. They're just giving themselves away now. 'Come get us' is what I'm getting. Cryptos 2014.
 

Vala

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Apr 17, 2016
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dead thread?

There are probably lot's of better articles on the intarwebs that discuss this apple spell thingy that troubles some people. I did however notice the contraindicated suggestion and thought best to donate a few moments of my time.

Apple spell is a great tool:
http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/spellcheck.html

I couldn't possibly imagine why anyone would want to turn it off, unless perhaps you are the greatest speller in the world. If you are concerned about memory usage, consider that apple spell uses approximately the same amount of memory as cron.

However, if you absolutely needed it gone and gone forever never to return again then locate and delete the file AppleSpell.service (in 10.6 it is locate in /System/Library/Services) This may generate some errors as the launchd attempts to load the service.

Perhaps the most correct approach would be to use a program like lingon that would allow you to easily edit the .conf files. Though I suppose if you're brave enough you could just find them and edit them yourself. Probably more trouble then it's worth, but if you're gonna do it anyway, ensure you've got a good backup before editing any system files.
[doublepost=1460896313][/doublepost]Maybe because it changes my passwords on me while I'm typing them? Changes eMail addresses? Changes my NAME every time I type it?
 

sandi_t

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Dec 29, 2016
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[doublepost=1460896313][/doublepost]Maybe because it changes my passwords on me while I'm typing them? Changes eMail addresses? Changes my NAME every time I type it?
Or because 150+ AppleSpell processes were for some unknown reason running, and made typing in any program near impossible, with huge lags in displaying typed text. I killed the AppleSpell processes and turned off spellcheck in preferences, and my system is usable again - I can type in terminal, slack etc.
 

ChrisChinchilla

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Nov 7, 2017
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This has been bothering me since High Sierra, and I think I have tracked it down, but I'm not entirely sure, so would appreciate people helping me test what I've found.


After disabling Address book syncing (I noticed AddressBook in process information for AppleSpell), this seems to have bought the CPU spike down significantly. This isn't an ideal solution, but as I said, before going any further I'd like to know if this helps others.
 
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