Autocorrect can automatically correct capitalization and spelling in Google Docs. It can also automatically detect links, lists, and quotes. You can turn autocorrect on or off, turn off specific substitutions, and turn suggestions on or off.
Autocorrect is available in:
Turn off autocorrect
- Open a document or presentation in Google Docs.
- Click Tools Preferences General.
- To turn off certain autocorrects, like automatic capitalization, spelling corrections, or link detection, uncheck the box next to the function.
- Click OK.
Turn off specific automatic substitutions
- Open a document in Google Docs.
- Click Tools Preferences Substitutions.
- To turn off certain automatic substitutions, next to the word, uncheck the box.
- To remove automatic substitutions, next to the word, click Remove .
- Click OK.
To always correct a specific word's spelling:
- Right-click on the word.
- Click Always correct to [word].
- After the word is corrected, hover your cursor over the word.
- Click Undo or Turn off to permanently turn off that type of correction.
Spelling suggestions are powered by machine learning. As language understanding models use billions of common phrases and sentences to automatically learn about the world, they can also reflect human cognitive biases. Being aware of this is a good start, and the conversation around how to handle it is ongoing. Google is committed to making products that work well for everyone, and are actively researching unintended bias and mitigation strategies.