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How can spell checking be turned off for a portion of a OneNote page?

The set language form does not have a checkbox (like the one for Word 2010 has). There are over 100 languages to choose from, but all of then will perform some sort of proofing.

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I'm afraid this is not possible. In order for this to happen, a OneNote page would have to be come much more complicated, there is no way to 'fine-tune' spell-checking that specifically.

However, you can tinker with the spell checking options in Tools -> Spelling -> Spelling Options:

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Try experimenting with some of the highlighted options above. For example, you can have it suggest words from the main dictionary only, or use a custom dictionary, or even edit the word list yourself...

You can also disable spell checking or only have it check it in one sweep. To have it check in one sweek, uncheck Check spelling as you type.

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Not the answer I was hoping for, but good to know. – Jay Elston Oct 4 '11 at 22:07
The other answers here suggest that it would not be so much more complicated for this useful feature to be implemented. – sdenham Jun 28 at 12:40

A variation on the language support trick from Petri above seems to do what you want:

  1. Select a block of text in your document that you want to disable for spell checking
  2. Go to the Review tab and select Language > Set Proofing Language
  3. Select a language for which you and your likely readers have no dictionary, e.g. Afrikaans, Cherokee etc. work for me.

The other text will still default to being in the original language, e.g. English (UK) in my case and will still be spell checked as normal.

You can also keep the proofing language pane open to make it quicker to apply the same change to multiple areas of your document.

I guess the reason for this functionality is for when you quote something in another language, you can spell check it correctly.



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The trick works for me is to set page language to something you don't have language support in your computer. For example I changed page language to "Afrikaans". Then OneNote does not make spelling checking for this page because Afrikaans -dictionary is missing.

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It worked for me. Highlight the area you don't want spell-checked then set proofing language to Afrikaans. Only the selected section of the page uses the new language. – xcud Mar 30 '15 at 14:52

Install OneTastic addin, which has one of macros, named "No spell check"

Works perfectly

P.S. Onetastic is an add-in, which is made by Microsoft OneNote team developer, and has lots of useful features. You can trust it.

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