I am using Skype (currently on a German Windows 10 x64 machine.

How do I completely turn off auto-correction and spell-checking?

These docs claim I have to disable spell-checking in the Windows settings. I did so:

spell-checking settings in Windows 10

I have rebooted several times since, but it does not appear to have any effect on Skype:

Skype is still using spell-checking and auto-correction

(Note that Brief happens to be a German noun (always capitalized), and so is (with much goodwill) Errors.)

Even if the above is the (dysfunctional) official way, is there any inofficial way such as tweaking some registry settings?

  • I have been facing with the same, check my answer for temporary solution. – Mvorisek Aug 14 '18 at 14:17

This solution doesn't seem applicable to Skype for Windows but in case of older Skype application (that you can also install on Windows 10) spellcheck would be here:

Tools/Options/IM and SMS/(uncheck) "Auto correct and highlight misspelled words"

You may need to check "show advanced settings" somewhere along the way.

  • I can't find "IM and SMS", nor anything like "Show advanced settings". I open my profile by clicking on the picture, then I click on Settings (as is described here). – O. R. Mapper Jan 13 '18 at 15:49
  • I am sorry, you didn't write Skype for Windows, but I see now it's in your link. This option can be found in standard Skype (you can install it on W10 just fine). Unfortunately I removed SfW from my computer because it was bricking offline to me, so I can't check there. – Chaosu Jan 13 '18 at 20:10
  • Well, I wrote I'm running Skype on Windows and also tagged the question with windows-10. What do you mean by "standard Skype"? I mean the current version of the official Skype client, and the build thereof that runs on Windows. – O. R. Mapper Jan 13 '18 at 20:36
  • There are currently at least 3 totally different Skype clients. "Skype for Windows" (I agree this name may be misleading in some context) is pre-installed on W10 and also downloadable from Microsoft Store. There is also Skype for Business and Skype. All of them work on W10 so tagging post as W10 is really not sufficient. Now I know I'm not answering your question but my advice, try using standard Skype - at least it's tested product and it's not "dumbed down" version (I installed SfW again to look for options there and options selection was... disappointing). Or Skype for Business. – Chaosu Jan 13 '18 at 20:52
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    O. R. Mapper, Skype for Business works with Skype contacts but it's up to administrator.(sometimes you need to wait 24h after adding contact because it throws errors) Ramhound, great way to welcome newcomer. I edited my answer to my best idea of answer but honestly I should probably remove it (but then, comments are more helpful). But do me a favor, next time when you see someone new on site be kinder and don't attack them. Question mentions program version, but other than link to Microsoft website it only says "Skype" so it could also be improved and I don't feel that I deserve the blame. – Chaosu Jan 13 '18 at 21:59

In the new Skype there is currently no user switch. But you can go to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\resources\app.asar.unpacked\node_modules\@paulcbetts\spellchecker\build\Release

and rename there the spellchecker.node file to something like disable__spellchecker.node__disable.

Then restart the Skype and the auto correction feature will be disabled.

note: This fix may be need to be applied again after update.

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    Thank you. It is unbelievable how bad the new Skype is... – François Beaune Jan 15 at 9:34

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