I always install the system with English and have no idea how to add a Spanish dictionary and spellchecking on my mac, how can it be done?


You set the language for spellcheck in system preferences > keyboard > text > spelling, and at the app level in Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Show Spelling and Grammar.

Some non-Apple apps, like MS Office, have their own internal settings for this function.

You set your preferred reference dictionaries in Applications > Dictionary > Preferences.

  • I have set system preferences > keyboard > text > spelling to "automatic by language", tried on TextEdit and it started to autocorrect spelling as soon as I typed a few words in Spanish. Also added a Spanish dictionary on the Dictionary app and it says downloading on the new tab for Spanish, I'll check it latter. – rraallvv May 7 '17 at 19:05

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