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I understand that Mac OsX should recognise the language automatically - and to say the honest truth - it does but... on rare occasions I need to see which language in"ON" and what are the choices...

Menu indicator-switch would be of great help - maybe an extra function to the keyboard indicator would solve the problem.

I use 4 languages in many programs...

  • The choices used by the "automatic" setting in system prefs/keyboard/text/spelling are normally determined by the boxes you check in the Setup item of that menu. – Tom Gewecke Aug 7 '16 at 9:56
  • Perhaps best not to use "automatic" and just switch among you four specific languages via Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Show Spelling and Grammar in each app. – Tom Gewecke Aug 7 '16 at 9:58
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One way to maximize the ease of changing the spellcheck language is to use an app which allows you to synchronize the keyboard layout and the spellcheck dictionary. I think both Nisus Writer and Mellel have this feature.

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You should be able to see your selected lanugate in your menu bar if you have the option turned on.

In System Preferences > Keyboard, make sure you have the option "Show Input Menu in Menu Bar" checked

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Your Menu Bar should now show a flag with the corresponding language

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When you click on it, you should get a selection of the input sources you currently have available.

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  • The question has nothing to do with input sources, but concerns the spellcheck language, which is determined elsewhere. You should delete this. – Tom Gewecke Aug 7 '16 at 15:52
  • @TomGewecke How did you determine that since it's no where in the OP's question? – Allan Aug 7 '16 at 16:14
  • Because the word "spelling" is in the subject line and automatic language recognition really can only refer to spellcheck. – Tom Gewecke Aug 7 '16 at 17:24

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