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I commonly write mails in different languages and would like to have the spell checker function with that. Previously I have been using Thunderbird on both my macs and linux machines, but recently I have decided to give up on Thunderbird and try Mail.app instead (since Thunderbird isn't actively developed and apparently lagging behind).

In thunderbird you can have a combobox that allows you to choose a dictionary with which the software checks spelling. Is something like that possible for OS X Mail.app? I know the "Automatic detect" function but it doesn't seem to work particularly well beyond English (at least in my case).

Are there any plugins or anything like that?

  • You can choose the dictionary via Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Show Spelling and Grammar. – Tom Gewecke Sep 9 '15 at 12:08
  • When using "automatic", did you first go the Setup item at the bottom of the list and check the boxes for the languages you normally use? – Tom Gewecke Sep 9 '15 at 12:08
  • @TomGewecke yes, I kept only the languages I use everything else is unchecked – posdef Sep 9 '15 at 12:10

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