OS X, AutoCorrection

macOS & Mac Apps

I am a very new user of a Mac book. I have just moved over from windows. Can somebody explain, using voice over, how I can turn off auto complete in text editing. It is very annoying. Many thanks in hope



Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Even a comprehensive guide to how, exactly, autocorrect works on OSX would be nice. I find that whenever I have an autocorrect option pop up, I wind up hitting one key or the other and hoping for the best...sometimes the prompt goes away, other times my text corrects (usually when I don't want it to). I don't think I'd mind the feature so much if I knew how it worked.

Submitted by mehgcap on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

You can disable auto correct in two ways. To leave it on globally, but only turn it off for a particular app (Pages, Mail, Text Edit, etc), open the app in question and go to the Edit menu. Find the "spelling and grammar" submenu, open that up, and uncheck any of the options you don't want. In this case, disable "check spelling while typing" and "correct spelling automatically".

To disable it globally, open System Preferences from the Apple menu, go to the Keyboard pane, and select the Text tab. Find the checkbox to check spelling automatically and uncheck it, then close System Preferences with command-q. You can, as far as I know, enable this feature on a per-app basis by doing as described in the previous paragraph, but checking those options instead of un-checking them.

Thanks for the idea about a guid to spellchecking/auto correct. I'll try to work on that, but in the meantime, Scott did a podcast on spellchecking with the Mac which you may find helpful.

Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Thursday, September 3, 2015

As always, you rock, Mehgcap. Thanks!

Submitted by Brian on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Many thanks. Great support.

Submitted by Usman on Thursday, September 3, 2015

I learned to use auto correct over the years. Someone let me know if there's an easier way of doing this, but I find by selecting the word you're on when it makes the bubble sound, and hitting VO shift m, it will bring up the list of words that it thinks you're trying to say.