Many of the apps and devices that you use every day have some form of auto-correction available. Whether it’s a phone, tablet, or computer, you probably encounter something that is able to fix a word when it is typed incorrectly.
But you may not always want this to happen, especially when you are writing in the Google Docs application on your computer.
It’s fairly common to type a word that you know is spelled incorrectly, or that popular autocorrelation tools will always try to fix on their own. If it’s a word that you type with some frequency, then constantly fixing this error can be tedious and time-consuming.
Fortunately, you can turn off the autocorrect setting in Google Docs so that it will stop trying to fix spelling and grammar mistakes that it encounters.
How to Stop Google Docs from Correcting Spelling Automatically
- Open Google Docs.
- Click Tools.
- Choose Preferences.
- Uncheck Automatically correct spelling.
- Click OK.
Our article continues below with additional information on stopping Google Docs from correcting automatically, including pictures of these steps.
How to Turn Off the Auto Correction in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open a Docs file.
Step 2: Select the Tools tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Choose Preferences from the bottom of the drop down menu.
Step 4: Click the box to the left of Automatically correct spelling to remove the check mark.
Step 5: Click the blue OK button at the bottom of the window to apply the change.
Our guide continues with more information on working with auto-correct in Google Docs.
Additional Information on How to Stop Google Docs from Auto Correcting
You probably noticed on the Preferences menu that there were a lot of other settings that you can adjust. These include:
- Automatically capitalize words
- Use smart quotes
- Automatically detect links
- Automatically detect lists
- Suggest action items
- Show Smart Reply suggestions
- Show link details
In addition to all of these options there is also a Substitutions tab at the top of the window where you can see the substitutions that Google Docs is already configured to make. You can add your own as well. This can be a really useful tool if you run into issues that this feature can resolve.
If you are working in Google Docs on a mobile device like an iPhone or an Android phone then you can tap the three dots at the top-right of the screen and toggle the Suggest changes option to show or stop showing them.
You can check spelling in Google Docs on Android by tapping the Edit button at the bottom-right of the screen, choosing More at the top-right, then clicking Spellcheck. That option is not available on the iPhone or iPad.
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