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Use spell-check and autocorrect

You can see any misspellings as you type with Google Docs. Change your autocorrect settings to turn off options like automatic capitalization.

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

Check spelling

Check spelling, then accept or ignore the corrections.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Spelling. A box will open in the top right corner.
  3. To use a suggested spelling, click Change. To use the suggested spelling for the whole document, click the Down arrow next to "Change" and click Change all.
  4. To ignore a suggestion, click Ignore. If you want the tool to ignore all instances of the word, click the Down arrow next to "Ignore" and click Ignore all.
Add a word to your dictionary

Add words to the dictionary so that Docs doesn't identify them as misspelled.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Spelling. 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

To 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 spelling suggestions on or off

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

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click View and then Show spelling suggestions.
  3. The checkmark will disappear to show that it is off.
Change autocorrect settings

To turn off automatic corrections:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Preferences.
  3. You can change settings for:
    • Automatically capitalize words (English only)
    • Use smart quotes (turns vertical quotes into curly ones)
    • Automatically detect links
    • Automatically detect lists
    • Automatic substitution
  4. To choose auto substitutions, uncheck the box next to the word. To delete the auto substitution, click "x" to the right of the word.
  5. Click OK.

To always correct a specific word's spelling, right-click on the word and select Always correct to [word].

To undo an automatic correction, after the word is corrected, press Backspace on your keyboard.

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