So if you don’t mind a few spelling errors at the end of the day, consider disabling the spell check feature altogether. Alternatively, you can also make use of a nifty OneNote 2016 add-in to disable spell check from specific portions of text as well.
Disabling Spell Check
Turning off spell checking on both OneNote 2016 and the OneNote Windows Store app is pretty straightforward, but require slightly different procedures.
But once you go through the steps for whatever version of the application that you use, you should no longer find annoying red squiggles on any pre-existing or newer notes.
Step 1: Launch OneNote 2016, and then click the File tab.
Step 2: On the menu that shows up, click Options.
Step 3: Click the Proofing side-tab.
Step 4: Under the When Correcting Spelling in OneNote section, uncheck the box next to Check Spelling As You Type.
Afterward, click OK to save your changes.
Note: Checking the box next Hide Spelling and Grammar Errors yields the same result, but also hides grammar errors in the process.
Step 1: Click the Ellipsis icon — three dots — to the top-right corner of the OneNote window, and then select Settings.
Step 2: On the Settings menu, click Options.
Step 3: Scroll down the Options pane, and then turn the switch under Proofing - Hide Spelling Errors to On.
Click anywhere outside the Options pane to save your changes.
Note: Turning on the Hide Spelling Errors option also hides any grammar errors that you make. Sadly, there are no separate toggles for spelling and grammar.
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Disable Spell Check Selectively
If you use OneNote 2016, then you can utilize services of the Onetastic add-in and the No Spell Check macro to disable spell checking on specific portions of text either before or after taking down notes.
This allows you to keep OneNote 2016's spell check functionality in place while directly gaining the ability to prevent the feature from ruining your concentration during a rapid note-taking session.
Sadly, you can't use macros on the OneNote Windows Store app.
Note: Save your work and exit OneNote 2016 before you proceed.
Step 1: Download and install the Onetastic add-in.
Step 4: After downloading, run the executable file.
Step 4: The No Spell Check macro should open within the Download Macros window. Click Install.
Step 5: Once you see the Installed No Spell Check blue-colored notification, exit the Download Macros window.
Step 6: To remove spell check from an existing portion of text, simply highlight it, and then click the Home tab.
Alternatively, to stop Spell Check from kicking in when composing a note, position your cursor and then open the Home tab.
Step 7: Click Spell Check on the Macros group, and then click No Spell Check.
You should see all red squiggle removed immediately. Or if you switched the macro on before taking a new note, you won't find any typos being flagged as you type along.
Tip: The macro deactivates when creating a new note. You need to enable it whenever you want to stop spell check from detecting errors.
No More Distractions
Note-taking simply involves putting down thoughts into words as fast as possible, and that extra second spent on correcting a word can mess up your train of thought. Hence, disabling spell check should help you out immensely in that regard.
And also, don’t forget to use the Onetastic add-in for instances where you don’t want to get rid of the spell checking functionality in its entirety.
So, any tips or suggestions? Do let us know in comments.