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I just installed Spell Catcher X, but don't see the input menu

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This is applicable to all versions of Spell Catcher X (and any other input method or keyboard), but not generally an issue with Spell Catcher X 10.1 and later. The 10.1.x and 10.2.x versions of Spell Catcher X will configure the input menu automatically whenever it installs or updates its input method component.

Mac OS X 10.4.x (Tiger)

Tiger users: Make sure you are using Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later! An important bug related to the input menu (in general) was fixed in Mac OS X 10.4.3.

If you are using an Intel Macintosh, make sure that you have Spell Catcher X version 10.2.2 (or later) installed.

Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or Dock, click the International icon, select the Input Menu tab, scroll to find Spell Catcher in the list, then check the box next to Spell Catcher in the "On" column. You should see a menu appear (as a flag icon, representing your default or chosen keyboard), in the right-hand side of the menu bar. This is known as the input menu. If you pull down the input menu, you should Spell Catcher as an item in your input menu.

View this movie to see exactly how this is done. Note how the Input Menu appears (seen here as a US Flag added to the right side of the menu bar) as soon as you turn on Spell Catcher. Also note how to deactivate Spell Catcher's input method by choosing a keyboard (flag icon).

Two other features (new in Tiger) are demonstrated near the end of the movie. You can choose whether the name of the current input source is shown or hidden (the "Show Input Source Name" or "Hide Input Source Name" command near the bottom of the input menu). A more important setting appears in Input source options. This option is described in another FAQ -  Set your International, Input Menu Preferences Appropriately.

Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther)

Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or Dock, click the International icon, select the Input Menu tab, scroll to find Spell Catcher in the list, then check the box next to Spell Catcher. You should now see a small flag in the right-hand side of the menu bar (US flag if your default language is US English), that will have Spell Catcher as an option.

View this movie to see exactly how this is done. Note how the Input Menu appears (seen as a US Flag added to the right side of the menu bar) as soon as you turn on Spell Catcher. Also note how to turn Spell Catcher's input method OFF by choosing the US keyboard (flag), and the very handy Input Mode Palette.

Mac OS X 10.2.x (Jaguar)

Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or Dock, click the International icon, select the Input Menu tab, turn the check box next to Spell Catcher OFF, then turn it ON, and quit System Preferences. You should now see a small flag in the menu bar (US flag if your default language is US English), that will have Spell Catcher as an option.

View this movie to see exactly how this is done. Note how the Input Menu appears (seen as a US Flag added to the application's menu bar) as soon as you turn on Spell Catcher. Also note how to turn Spell Catcher's input method OFF, done at the very end of the movie.

The fact that Spell Catcher is initially ON in the list after installing, but the Input Menu is not visible is a (not tremendously serious, but possibly confusing) bug in Mac OS X 10.2 (all versions as of this writing).




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