When required, settings of Microsoft Office apps like Word, PowerPoint can be configured to enable or disable the spell-check feature. This is particularly useful at times where we are drafting a letter or making notes for a blog or something. At other times, we do not require this. For instance, occasions where we throw in things like contact names and other proper nouns, spell check fails to recognize the difference and although not required, flags them with red wavy lines underneath. The OneNote app is no exception to this rule. If you do not want the proofreading feature in OneNote to be disabled, follow the instructions.
If you want to disable automatic spelling and grammar checking in OneNote 2016 or OneNote app for Windows 10, you will have to change the settings in the former and use the Onetastic addon in the latter.
Disable Spelling Error feature in OneNote
OneNote has the same spelling and Grammar check feature as seen in Microsoft Office. We’ll cover the method to disable the feature in both OneNote 2016 and OneNote app for Windows 10. To know the difference between the two, see our earlier post on the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016.
Turn off spell-check in OneNote 2016
Launch OneNote 2016. Move to the ‘File’ menu, click it and select ‘Options’ from the list displayed on the left.
Next, choose ‘Proofing’ tab and under the section ‘When Correcting Spelling in OneNote’ uncheck the box marked against ‘Check Spelling As You Type’ option.
Finally, hit the ‘Ok’ button to allow the changes to take effect.
OneNote App for Windows 10
Open OneNote app and choose ‘Settings and More’ visible as 3 dots.
Next, select ‘Settings’ > Options and scroll down to find ‘Proofing’ option.
When found, move the slider to ‘On’ from ‘Off’ to hide the spelling errors.
Use Onetastic Addin
Onetastic is a free add-in for Microsoft OneNote. The optional tool adds a host of new features to OneNote app (menus, macros, OneCalendar, Image Tools and more). Besides, it can copy and paste text from an image. The only thing that counts as the shortfall of this ingenious add-in is its availability, limited to Desktop users. Mobile users cannot use this feature. Also, Onetastic is available only on Windows.
To see it working, download and install it. Be sure to select the correct version of this add-in (32-bit or 64-bit version of the add-in to match your OneNote 2016 version)
Once done, run the executable file and Start OneNote, when prompted.
After that, choose the ‘Home’ tab and move to ‘Download Macros’ section as shown in the screenshot below.
Once there, hit ‘Show macros from Macroland’ tab.
Next, select ‘No Spell Check’ macro and hit ‘Install’ button.
When done, you will notice the Installed No Spell Check blue-colored notification. Exit the window.
Switch to OneNote 2016 and under the ‘Home’ tab ‘Spell Check’ option should be visible to you. Simply click the option, and select ‘No spell check’.
When selected, you will find red wavy lines appearing under a word instantly disappear.