I've googled plenty of guides about disabling spelling and grammar in mac's Notes, and while unchecking the items in the edit menu works fine for the note I'm currently on, it turns back on for each new note and requires me manually disabling it each time.

I would like it to never check spelling and grammar in Notes, and not substitute incorrect spellings (not swapping out for smart quotes and the like would be a bonus). Is there some way to permanently disable these features for just the one app?

To be clear I don't want to disable it system-wide, only in Notes.


Autocorrect is controlled by the NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled key. You can set this in the Notes app preferences for it to apply consistently.

defaults write com.apple.notes NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled -bool false

Reset with defaults delete com.apple.notes NSAutomaticSpellingCorrectionEnabled.

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    mac noob here; where do I go to input that setting? – Alex Jul 26 '17 at 14:07
  • @Alex You can use the Terminal.app in /Applications/Utilities (or use Spotlight to search for it). – grg Jul 26 '17 at 14:43
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    This didn't work. – Esqarrouth Sep 21 '18 at 20:18
  • Resets after quitting Notes. – Dan Nov 25 '18 at 13:29
Edit>Spelling and Grammar>Correct Spelling Automatically 

This worked for me. It is sometimes unclickable, if that is the case click a note and write something in this. This action will make it clickable.

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    Should be the accepted answer. – Dunc Jul 16 '19 at 19:57

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