I've noticed that at least on Mac, Mathematica automatically displays the blue spelling tooltip on misspelled words, but actually there's a much nicer, more reliable and faster tooltip when one uses the right click.

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There are a lot of glitches with the blue tooltips and I'd gladly just disable them for spelling (not for syntax). How can I do it?

  • $\begingroup$ It is just a setting in the preferences of Mathematica. "Check spelling as you type". $\endgroup$
    – SHuisman
    Commented Sep 10, 2019 at 18:14
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    $\begingroup$ @SHuisman I know about this, but this disables the nice "red wavy-underline" effect which indicates that a word needs fixing... so this is not the solution I'm looking for. $\endgroup$
    – Ranza
    Commented Sep 10, 2019 at 18:39

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Evaluating the following once should do the trick for you:

CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {SpellingOptions, 
   "AutoSpellCheckPopupDelay"}] = Infinity
  • $\begingroup$ Close, but it doesn't really disable the spellchecking tooltip which is visible by the time delay it takes for the right-click menu to appear (there's a significant hiccup before it appears on incorrectly spelled words). $\endgroup$
    – Ranza
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Ranza On Windows it seems to do the trick, no tooltip after evaluating the code. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexeyPopkov I think you must have a rather fast machine, on mine I notice a significant lag when right-clicking. That being said I'll accept the question if no better solution is found. $\endgroup$
    – Ranza
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Ranza I checked the code at 11-old time Lenovo laptop with Windows 7 and Mathematica 12.0 installed. I do not think that the difference is due to machine's performance. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ @ihojnicki, @AlexeyPopkov This is weird indeed, I've made a gif to show you what is happening in my case (red blink indicates a right click). You might argue that this is a regular dictionary lookup, but this lag only occurs in MMA... Do you know how to investigate what is being run when I right click? Perhaps somehow inject the Trace command? $\endgroup$
    – Ranza
    Commented Sep 13, 2019 at 14:11

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