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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. – Dan Rosenstark 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
Certain apps seem to not respect the system "substitution" settings. In Adium, for instance, turn off ellipsis by opening a chat window, right-clicking in the textbox (where you type a message), then select Substitutions and de-select Smart Dashes. I could not find this setting in the actual Adium->Preferences dialog. A similar sequence might work for other apps with a composition field. See also this other answer. – hoc_age Nov 21 '14 at 20:59

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 '14 at 16:08

If "Smart Quotes" is active in Keyboard Settings but you don't want smart ellipses, Edit menu in most applications on OS X Yosemite, unchecking "Smart Dashes" found in Edit -> Substitutions -> Show Substitutions stops autocorrect of three periods to ellipsis.enter image description here

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Resolved within Textedit or system wide? – Andreas Feb 14 '15 at 20:58

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