Correct your spelling and grammar in Google Docs

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Google Docs can automatically correct misspellings and make suggestions for spelling and grammar. You can turn off auto-correct and suggestions in Google Docs settings.

Auto-correct and spelling and grammar suggestions are available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Auto-correct is also available in German. Spelling and grammar suggestions are also available in Italian.

Check spelling and grammar

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

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. At the top left, click Spell check Spell check. A box will open at the top-right corner.
    • To use a suggestion, click Change.
    • 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 suggestions on or off

To quickly accept or ignore the corrections: 

  1. Press Tab to accept the suggestion.
  2. Right-click the red or blue underline. 
    • To accept the suggestion, click the edited word. 
    • To ignore the suggestion, click Ignore.
    • To report an incorrect suggestion, click Feedback on suggestion.
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. At the top left, click Spell check Spell check. A box will open at the top-right corner.
  3. To add a word that appears in the spellchecker to the dictionary, click Add to dictionary.

Check spelling

Check spelling, then accept or ignore the corrections.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. At the top left, click Spell check Spell check. A box will open in the top-right corner.
  3. To use a suggested spelling, click Change.
  4. To use the suggested spelling for the whole document, next to Change, click the Down arrow Down arrow and then Change all.
  5. To ignore a suggestion, click Ignore.
  6. If you want to ignore all instances of the word, next to Ignore, click the Down arrow Down arrow and then 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. At the top left, click Spell check Spell check. A box will open in the top-right corner.
  3. To add a word that appears in the spellchecker 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 on the word.
  3. Select Remove from personal dictionary.

Turn off auto-correct

Autocorrect can automatically correct capitalisation and spelling in Google Docs. It can also automatically detect links, lists and quotes.

Auto-correct is available in:

  • English 
  • Spanish 
  • French 
  • Portuguese
  • German
  1. Open a document or presentation in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Preferences and then General.
  3. To turn off certain auto-corrects, such as automatic capitalisation, spelling corrections or link detection, untick the box next to the function.
  4. Click OK.

Turn off specific automatic substitutions

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then  Preferences and then Substitutions.
    • To turn off certain automatic substitutions, next to the word, untick the box.
    • To remove automatic substitutions, next to the word, click Remove remove.
  3. 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 suggestions on or off

Misspelled words are underlined in red. To turn spelling suggestions off:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Spelling and then Underline errors.
  3. The tick mark will disappear to show that it is off.

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

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 Tools and then Spelling and then Underline errors.
  3. The tick mark will disappear to show that it is off.

Note: To ignore all existing instances of a spelling suggestion, right-click the underlined word  and then Ignore all

About machine learning

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 is actively researching unintended bias and mitigation strategies.

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