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How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

We all make mistakes while typing, especially when we type very fast. While auto correction on Mac is a handy tool, it is not completely reliable. Being a spelling auto corrector tool, it sometimes changes your words or guess wrong words as corrections. This can end up in more editorial work than if auto-correct weren’t running.

When you are drafting a letter in English, auto-correct comes in really handy. But the auto-correct will often lack context and will replace misspelled words with words that don’t fit the context. That’s a problem because you can easily miss the correction unless you proofread thoroughly. That is why some folks turn off autocorrect feature in macOS.

How to Disable Autocorrect on macOS

Step #1. Click on Apple Menu → Choose System Preferences.

Step #2. Click on Keyboard.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Step #3. Now, click on the Text tab.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Step #4. You will see a checkbox in front of the option, Correct Spelling Automatically. Uncheck this option and you’ve turned off auto-correction.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Any app that uses the system auto-correct feature will no longer autocorrect misspelled words. In apps like Pages, Notes, TextEdit, etc. where the misspelling is underlined, you’ll be able to proofread easily. In other apps, you’ll have to wear the editor’s spectacles.

The feature can be turned on back again when you feel like getting auto-correct assistance.

Signing off

We haven’t heard much about how good the auto-correct contextual-abilities have gotten in macOS Mojave, but I think Apple would have punched in some cool features for this.

In iOS, we still end up with funny autocorrects (an entire cult has already been established). Autocorrect disasters aren’t all that popular on Mac (largely because you aren’t typing many informal messages in Pages or TextEdit). Nevertheless, should you find the auto-correct annoyingly obtrusive, you now know how to disable it.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Just as your iPhone can, your Mac is able to automatically correct your spelling, capitalization, and more. In fact, the Mac comes with a number of tools to help make entering text much easier.

Here’s how to configure things the way you like them.

How to enable/disable automatic text correction, capitalization, and period on double space

Your Mac can automatically correct your spelling and capitalization. Of course, if this proves to be too annoying, you can always turn these settings off.

    Open System Preferences.

Click Keyboard.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Click the Text tab.

Click the checkboxes next to Correct spelling automatically, Capitalize words automatically, and Add period with double-space to turn these features on or off.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

How to change your autocorrect language

If you only need autocorrect for a single language, it’s easy to specify which one your Mac should look out for.

    Open System Preferences.

Click Keyboard.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Click the Text tab.

Choose your preferred autocorrect language from the drop-down menu under Spelling.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

How to manage smart quotes

Smart quotes are a typographic feature that makes it easier to enter quotation marks. Here’s how you manage them on your Mac.

    Open System Preferences.

Click Keyboard.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Click the Text tab.

Check the box to turn smart quotes and dashes on.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Click the drop-down menu to choose your style for double quotes.

Click the next drop-down to choose your style for single quotes.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

How to create text shortcuts

You can create short text snippets that expand into longer pieces of text, emoji characters, and more, without needing to purchase a third-party application.

    Open System Preferences.

Click Keyboard.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Click the Text tab.

Click the + button towards the bottom left of the window.

How to disable or customize autocorrect on mac

Enter the shortcut for your text replacement, such as “omw” for “on my way”.

Hit the Tab key on your keyboard and enter the text that will replace your shortcut, such as “On my way!”.