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Every time i write ... in a text editor like TextEdit or Coda, Lion has started replacing it with a single Ellipse character, which doesn't encode to HTML. This started after I upgraded to Lion and happens across multiple programs. Any idea how to stop it?

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Go to System Preferences, select Language & Text, then the Text tab, and deselect the box for that option. enter image description here

Or you can disable the feature completely by deselecting the box at the top.

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Thanks. I have done this and it works in all apps except Evernote. Evernote has no pref for this in the Preferences. Any idea of how to fix it? Thanks for entertaining this random aside. –  Yar Nov 5 '13 at 20:04
    
@Yar Sorry, I don't know. You could ask your own question specifically for Evernote and see if someone else does. –  ughoavgfhw Nov 6 '13 at 1:57

In Mavericks at least, this seems to be controlled by the "Use smart quotes and dashes" feature found in System Preferences → Keyboard → Text. Uncheck the box, and the behavior goes away, even in Evernote.

System Preferences → Keyboard → Text → Use smart quotes and dashes

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I'm using TextEdit on 10.9.2, and I'm finding that I have to restart TextEdit for this change in System Preferences to take effect. –  Ashley Mar 12 at 16:08

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