TeXShop is showing a spelling error (red dashed underline) for almost every LaTeX command. There must be a way to disable this so I can only check the spelling of my content.

Example screenshot:

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Searching on Google I found this.

Edited: based on Sean's comment below I decided to insert here some caps from the original website to avoid broken links.

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    Just a note: link-only answers don't provide any security; if the linked website goes down, what happens then? I'd give a quick summary of the article here. Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 19:23
  • I don't know if this is helpful but the best place to look for this was in /Library/ (rather than ~/Library/). I don't remember the exact subdirectory. I basically did figure out how to compile and install a Welsh dictionary for cocoAspell with some fiddling. (Welsh was available but not for the right version of aspell hence it needed to be extracted and recompiled.) Once I got it right, it worked fine but I do remember having to fiddle somewhat and experiment a bit. The files in /Library/ helped to kind of reverse-engineer the process. This was on OS 10.4, though, so much may have changed.
    – cfr
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 20:03

Note that it is possible that aspelle fail to compile dictionaries in Yosemite or El-Capitan. Then this link can be helpful:


Specially it is possible that you did not accept license agreement for Xcode which can be done via terminal and

sudo make --version

and entering the password when prompted, pushing space bar to pass through several pages and finally typing agree and hit enter.


A better way would be to go to the Apple Menu Bar, select Edit and uncheck the spelling and grammar checks. depiction of what to uncheck

Hope this Helps! :)

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