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Notepad++ recently added built-in support for spell checking, and it is enabled by default.

Where can I turn it off?

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What were notepad++ thinking adding a live spellchecker to a code editor? Even "href" comes up as a misspelling! –  Matthew Lock Jul 15 '13 at 5:49
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You can do this in one of four ways.

  1. When installing; during the Choose components selection navigate to "Plugins" and uncheck the "Spell-checker" plugin.
  2. In Notepad++ locate "Plugins" > "DSpellCheck" > "Auto-check document"
  3. Alternatively for no 2, press the key combo Alt+A.
  4. Press the toolbar button labeled DS or ABC (from version 6.5)
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In the version I'm running v6.4.5 there's also a toolbar button to toggle it ("DS" with the squiggly underline) –  snumpy Sep 9 '13 at 19:41
v6.5 has now changed the toolbar button to appear as ABC with a squiggly underline under it. –  D.Singh Oct 19 '13 at 20:20
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The instructions are right on the download page:

If it does bother you, just uncheck Menu item Auto-check Document (Menu: Plugins -> DSpellCheck -> Auto-check Document).


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You can click the "DS" button to turn it off/on easily:

DS button in th toolbar

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Please don't just link, include the relevant info from the link. –  user 99572 is fine Sep 14 '13 at 9:51
Well, @user99572isfine, like Ozn wrote, they didn't have enough rep for that... :-) –  Arjan Sep 14 '13 at 10:03
@Arjan a verbal description would have been helpful as well. –  user 99572 is fine Sep 14 '13 at 10:08
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If you are looking to disable the spell check suggestion icon which gets displayed on the misspelled word then

  1. Go to Plugins | DSpellCheck | Settings
  2. At the bottom of the page, you will find setting Suggestions Control
  3. You can change it to Use N++ Context Menu - this will disable Suggestion button which gets displayed by default.

Please note that this won't disable the spell check, but the interface of spell check suggestions is changed.

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You can disable this in the plugin's configuration file, on my Windows 2008 server using Notepad++ v6.5.5 it is in


By default this file does not exist. When you disable spellchecking in the interface with the menus by unticking "Plugins" > "DSpellCheck" > "Auto-check document", the file gets created containing these lines:


So you can just create the file with those contents yourself. Useful if you are deploying the tool and automatically installing it across many machines.

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