Disable Spell Checker in CKeditor 3.3.1 (Drupal)

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Have you ever wanted to completely disable spell check function in CKeditor?

Well, after searching few hours for a solution, I ended up modifying the main plugin file, ckeditor.js, located in the CKeditor root folder (in my case, sites/all/libraries/ckeditor).

By default, this file is minified. If you try to beautify it, it might not work at all, so leave it minified.

Now, look after this string:


In this long string, find the work scayt and remove it without any mercy, like I did.

Now the wysiwyg editor is working nicely, without any annoying <span data-scayt_word= in the source code.

The automatic spell check function might be useful to those who speak one of the most popular languages, like English, German, Spanish, French etc. But in my case, a Romanian language speaker, there is no dictionary in the free service.

I hope it's a general fix for those who want to remove the spell check function in CKeditor. I couldn't find a more elegant solution.

If you update CKeditor to a newer version, and the scayt is on again, try to disable it the easy way, in Administration » Configuration » Content authoring » Wysiwyg profiles. If it's still not working, you can modify again the ckeditor.js file.

If you find a better way to disable SCAYT in CKeditor, please leave a comment below.


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Hi Marius! Thanks for the tips.


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