Since I'm a Hungarian, but I learn and work in English, I switch the spelling settings in System Preferences approximately 50 times a day, because I'm constantly working with both languages.

Is there any fast way to change the spelling without opening the System Preferences every single time with a shortcut?

  • It might be more helpful if you'd be more explicit and specific about exactly what changes you're making as there may be a way to script it in bash, AppleScript or Automator. Also what version of OS X are you running? May 10 '15 at 20:12
  • You could switch between 2 users... May 10 '15 at 21:35
  • Don't you use the Multilingual option in the spell check dialog (Edit » Spelling » Show Spelling & Grammar) ? May 10 '15 at 21:36
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    You could make a new service in Automator, make it run an applescript and then going to System Preferences and assigning a shortcut to the Automator service. I am unfortunately on my iPad, so I will provide instructions later on in the day
    – John K
    May 11 '15 at 6:49
  • @TheBro21: it would be nice to see that May 11 '15 at 22:06

You can set the Language spelling to look for spelling in multiple languages.

My example is English and Spanish.

In the Keyboard System preferences go to the Text tab.

Set the Spelling dropdown to: Automatic by Language

Then opening the Spelling dropdown go down to Set Up…

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Drag your two (or more) preferred Languages to the top. And then hit the Done button.

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Thats it.

Spelling will now recognise the language you are working in.

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  • I don't think Automatic works with 3rd party dictionaries like Hungarian. May 12 '15 at 20:15
  • Thanks for pointing that out. I did not realise it was third party. Should have as I could not find it on mine. Not sure if it is expected to work with them but this is how you setup spelling for multiple languages..
    – markhunte
    May 12 '15 at 20:19

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