How to turn off autocorrect on Mac (In 3 quick steps)

Turn off autocorrect on Mac

We all need to correct ourselves when typing quickly. Although the auto-correction feature on Mac can help fix this, it’s not always reliable. It occasionally suggests or replaces words incorrectly, resulting in additional editing. In this guide, I’ll demonstrate how you can turn off auto-correct on Mac.

How to disable autocorrect on Mac

  1. Click the Apple logo () in the menu bar → Choose System Settings.

    Select Apple logo and choose System Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Keyboard → Click Edit.

    Click Keyboard and select Edit
  3. Toggle off Correct spelling automatically → Click Done.

    Toggle off Correct spelling automatically and click Done

Now, none of the apps on your Mac will automatically correct typos. Furthermore, apps like PagesNotesTextEdit, etc. will highlight misspelled words so you can quickly proofread.

Why should you turn off autocorrect on Mac?

Several reasons can drive you to turn off autocorrect on a Mac.

  • Personal preference: It can sometimes make unintended or incorrect changes to your text, especially if you frequently use industry-specific jargon, slang, or proper nouns. Some users may find it disruptive or annoying and prefer to have full control over their typing without autocorrection.
  • Language or dialect: Some languages or dialects are not well-suited for autocorrect. The autocorrect feature introduces errors or fails to recognize the proper spelling or grammar if you frequently switch between languages or if you use an unsupported language as your primary language.
  • Writing style: The tool can also alter the intended writing style or tone of your messages. If you want to maintain a specific writing style or use unconventional capitalization, punctuation, or abbreviations, turning off autocorrect ensures that your text remains as you type it.
  • Accuracy and precision: Occasionally, it replaces correctly spelled words with incorrect alternatives, leading to misunderstandings or miscommunications. Disabling autocorrect can also help you avoid such errors, particularly in professional or formal contexts where accuracy and precision are crucial.
  • Accessibility: Some users with certain disabilities or visual impairments may find it easier to type without autocorrect, as it eliminates any potential confusion or unexpected changes that can occur when relying on auto-correction.


Will turning off autocorrect affect other features or functions on my Mac?

No, turning off autocorrect will only disable the autocorrection feature while typing. It will not affect other functions or features of your Mac.

Can I selectively disable autocorrect for specific applications?

No, the autocorrect settings on Mac apply system-wide and cannot be customized for individual applications.

Can I customize autocorrect suggestions?

Yes, you can add custom words or phrases to your Mac’s autocorrect dictionary. This allows you to have certain words or phrases recognized and autocorrected as desired. To add custom words, go to System Settings Keyboard Text Replacements → Click the (+) button → Add new entries in Replace and With → Click Add.

Error-free! ✅

Autocorrect can be a helpful tool for ensuring that your documents are free of spelling and grammatical errors. However, if you find that autocorrect is getting in your way, you can easily turn it off on your Mac by following the steps mentioned in the article above. For more, check out our list of simple Mac tips and tricks.

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