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I have always disliked spell checking (may have something to do with being confronted with the condescending grammar checks in Word years ago) and I always try to get rid of the irritating red underlines wherever I see them.

Recently I started testing ubuntu lucid lynx (10.04) as a desktop environment, and the red lines are bloody everywhere. No matter how much I google it, I can only find references for enabling spell checking in different applications.

How do I completely disable spell checking in gnome? Am I the only one who doesn't want it?

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It's going to be a per-app setting. No way around that, except maybe to uninstall aspell and ispell (but it could very likely break things):

sudo dpkg -P --force-depends aspell ispell

For Firefox: Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> "Check my spelling as I type"

For OOo: Tools -> Options -> Language Settings -> Writing Aids -> Options: Check spelling as you type

Those are probably the two big ones.

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Doing anything with dpkg --force-depends is generally not a good idea, and apt will require you to resolve dependencies before any actions anyway. – whitequark Aug 14 '10 at 4:05
I said it'd likely break things... Fair warning ;-) – maco Aug 14 '10 at 4:26

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