Correct your spelling and grammar

You can see misspellings or grammatical errors as you type and change your autocorrect settings with Google Docs.

To help Google Docs find misspellings and grammatical errors, set your language. Click File and then Language, then choose your language.

Check spelling & grammar

You can check your spelling and grammar, then accept or ignore the corrections.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Spelling and grammar and then Check spelling and grammar. A box will open in the top right corner.
    • To use a suggestion, click Accept.
    • To ignore a suggestion, click Ignore.
    • To accept or ignore all suggestions, click More More  and then Accept all or Ignore all.

If you have spelling and grammar suggestions turned on, misspelled words are underlined in red, and grammar suggestions are underlined in blue. Learn how to turn spelling and grammar suggestions on or off

To quickly accept or ignore the corrections: 

  1. Right-click the red or blue underline. 
    • To accept the suggestion, click the edited word. 
    • To ignore the suggestion, click Ignore.
Add a word to your spelling suggestions dictionary

You can add words to the dictionary so Docs doesn't identify them as misspelled.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Spelling and grammar and then Check spelling and grammar. A box will open in the top right corner.
  3. To add a word that appears in the spell checker to the dictionary, click Add to dictionary.
Remove a word from your dictionary

You can remove a word from your dictionary.

  1. Open the document in Google Docs.
  2. Right-click the word.
  3. Select Remove from personal dictionary.

Turn off autocorrect

To turn off automatic substitutions, capitalization, smart quotes, and list or link detection:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Preferences.
  3. To turn off certain auto corrections, like automatic capitalization or link detection, uncheck the box next to the function.
    • To turn off certain auto substitutions, uncheck the box next to the word.
    • To delete the auto substitution, next to the word, click Remove Remove.
  4. Click OK.
Correct a word's spelling 

To always correct a specific word's spelling: 

  1. Right-click on the word. 
  2. Click Always correct to [word].
Undo an automatic correction
  1. After the word is corrected, hover your cursor over the word. 
  2. Click Undo or Turn off to permanently turn off that type of correction.
Turn spelling suggestions on or off

Misspelled words are underlined in red. Grammar suggestions are underlined in blue. To turn off the underline:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Spelling and grammar and then Show spelling suggestions or Show grammar suggestions.
  3. The check mark will disappear to show that it is off.

Note: This will turn suggestions on or off for all of your documents. 

 

About machine learning

Spelling and grammar 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.

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