I notice that things are being corrected even when I turn spell-check off. This happened on both of my computers, and particularly stupid spelling corrections are taking place, only since upgrading to El Capitan.

Example.. I updated a ticket at work "This is now on production" .. when I submit the update, I see it says "This is not on production" ...

At first I thought maybe I did a typo but this keeps happening.

Every single instance was where the word is actually spelled correctly however it replaces it with another word.

I've turned spell-check off so I am confused as to why it's doing it at all.

  • Grrrr - it's a pain when you can't change something like that. Is the issue something reproducible in a new user account? My guess is a preference file is corrupt or some rare filesystem errors, but that's a hunch and not a given.
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 18:07
  • Check there isn't another pref set in the app you're using. I have spellcheck off in prefs/keyboard but on in Safari [tbh, I'm not really sure what the global pref is supposed to 'fix' as it doesn't carry to Safari/TextEdit etc]
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 18:55
  • it's a pain that Apple software seems to consistently have problems with not being able to 'upgrade' to new OS. I don't like to start from scratch and have to take 50 hours to set up my stuff every time I upgrade to a new OS. I had a similar issue with iPhone but the issue was much more severe, and other people said too they didn't have the problem. When I started from scratch on new phone and lost everything in my apps and games, then it worked fine.
    – Alex
    Commented Nov 12, 2015 at 16:45
  • I'm using system preferences Tetsujin. Interesting though I'm using Chrome. Maybe Chrome has its own thing?
    – Alex
    Commented Nov 12, 2015 at 16:47

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There is only place to disable spell check in System Preferences and on doing that it works fine for me on El Capitan. Can you try enabling and disabling again and probably a reboot to see if it helps.

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    Every app also has its own place to regulate this, in Edit > Spelling and Grammar Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 10:01

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