Chrome's spellcheck has become cumbersome as of the new auto-correct spell check in Mountain Lion. I love that I don't have to go to the mouse and use a context menu for spell-checking---EXCEPT IN CHROME.

Is there any way to replace Chrome's spellcheck with Mountain Lion's?

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Spell check is a system service so by using the standard Mac control for a text box, chrome would magically get to use the service.

Since chrome isn't programmed to use the standard control (they wrote their own implementation) - you would need to either get the chrome devs to change the code or you would need to change it yourself and re-compile your version of Chrome. Both are likely to involve a serious amount of engineering since the code base is quite complex.

  • Yes, and I am not that advanced. Honestly, I don't understand why the Chrome devs haven't done this. Looks like I may be out of luck. But thanks anyhow! Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 17:29
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    The developers may have more details on the why and how here. I can see why they want to code this so that it works everywhere (Mac / Windows / other) rather than change things just for the Mac. There are probably dozens of reasons for and against the change you seek. For most, it's just a no, it won't work.
    – bmike
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 17:34
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    Bug 90278 is "Support Lion spellcheck/autocorrect" -- filed July 2011, and not touched in over a year. It seems like a rather low priority for them, unfortunately.
    – Ken
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 17:48

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