I occasionally need to write Latin in a text box in Chrome. And this always happens:

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I don't really want to break out a dedicated text editor just for this, but the red lines under most words really bug me. I'd like a Chrome (37.0.2062.124 on OS X 10.9.5) extension that:

  • Turns off spell check on command (Ideally I'd like it to be through a right click menu, but any decent way is fine).
  • It's fine if it turns off spellcheck for the whole page, but only one text field would be better.
  • Doesn't just disable it for the whole browser, only one text field or page.
  • Failing being able to turn off spellcheck, at least removes the red lines.

Bonus: Switching to Latin spellcheck instead of turning it off would also be fine.

Is there an extension that does this?

  • Why disable and not switch to Latin? And I suppose you mean disable just for that text field or page, and not for the rest of Chrome (which you can do from the right-click menu)? Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 18:43
  • @Gilles It'd be okay to switch to Latin, but what I really don't want is to jump through a bunch of hoops every time I write Latin in Chrome. And yes, just one text field or page (clarifying both in the question).
    – user46
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 18:58
  • @Undo I can create a userscript for you, but one question: is this for textarea's or normal input fields? Or both...? Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 14:20
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    @ṧнʊß it'll only be for one, but I can find out right now. I'll let you know in a little while. Thanks!
    – user46
    Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 15:10
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    @ṧнʊß It's a textarea inside a div#message-box, which is eventually inside a form. It's a phpBB forum thing, if that helps.
    – user46
    Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 15:32

2 Answers 2


I've made a Userscript to add a button after all textarea elements to disable spellcheck. Most browsers (I think, through a bit of Googling) recognise this and stop spellchecking if they see spellcheck='false', but I've only tested on Google Chrome.

Get it here.

To install, either:

  • install Tampermonkey and add the script, or
  • go to chrome://extensions and drag the script after downloading and unzipping the zip

Please do tell me if anything doesn't work right - it's been tested on a simple form, and that's it.

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Known problems:

  • After clicking button, you need to cut and paste back into the same textarea or the spell check will not have 'updated' - sorry! Don't know if it's possible to be fixed.

No extension needed, just right click in the box, Spell Checker Options, untick Check Spelling of text fields. Better yet if you have a latin language pack installed on your system you can select latin spell checking.

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Correction: - While Chrome has a Latin language setting on my system it says "this language cannot be used for spell checking.

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    This is close, but it seems to be 'sticky' throughout the browser (I.e. I just did that on my Latin page, but it killed spellcheck on an SE answer I was writing in another tab). I'd really like it to only apply to one text field or page.
    – user46
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 19:02
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    Shame - but then again Chrome isn't a word processor! Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 20:09

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