If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to turn off autocorrect so it stops putting the wrong words in your mouth. Or at least in your docs and email.
I am using OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and want to know how to turn off autocorrect in the body of an email. Changing language dictionaries would also help, but at least if I can turn off the autocorrect feature, that would be a start.
You can turn off the autocorrect feature in Mavericks system-wide or on an per-application basis. To turn it off system-wide, perform these steps:
1. Open System Preferences.
2. Click on the Keyboard preferences icon to open the menu.
3. Click the Text tab.
4. Uncheck the option for “Correct spelling automatically.”
With this option checked, text fields across the whole system will automatically provide text corrections as you type. By unchecking “Correct spelling automatically,” you'll disable this feature for all apps. Also, while you're in the Text tab of Keyboard preferences, you can change dictionaries by clicking on the "Spelling" drop-down menu.
Disabling the auto-correct feature in System Preferences will affect its behavior in all applications.
In addition, can also disable autocorrect on a per-application basis within many apps. Follow these steps to disable it in Mail:
1. Launch Apple Mail.
2. Open a new message window, and place the text insertion point in the body of the email.
3. Click Edit > Spelling and Grammar, and then click the option for “Correct Spelling Automatically.” Doing this will remove the adjacent checkmark, which indicates the feature’s activation state.
Now, when you compose a message in Mail, the auto-correct feature will no longer amend your misspellings. Instead, you can use Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Check Document Now to manually find and correct mistakes.
Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.