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Disable Mavericks Spelling Autocorrection

When I am editing Tech-Recipes, I get frustrated when OS X 10.9 attempts to autocorrect the multiple technology words that it doesn’t recognize. You should be able to disable the autocorrection feature either globally or on a per application basis.

Loyal readers here will laugh at me for disabling any type of spelling crutch. My inability to spell has plagued me (and this website) for many years now. Heck, I even hired a proofreader so you guys would get off my back. However, the increasing aggressiveness of the autocorrection in Mavericks frequently annoys me.

In theory you should be able to disable it globally or disable it only in certain applications. I have not found that the global disable actually seems to turn off the corrections in all applications though. I suspect this is a bug that will be fixed in future Mavericks updates. I find it more helpful to disable it only in specific applications anyway.

Disable Spelling Autocorrection in all Applications

1. Select Keyboards under System Preferences.

2. Under the Text tab uncheck correct spelling automatically.

Disable Autocorrection for a Specific Application

1. Open the Apple application that you want autocorrection disabled.

2. Right-click (or ctrl-click) into any text field. From the context menu that appears, under Spelling and Grammar uncheck Correct Spelling Automatically.

disable autocorrection mavericks in specific app

Remember that various applications can handle spelling correction in multiple different ways. Many applications will maintain the consistency of OS X and have this option available when right-clicking (ctrl-clicking) a text field. Disabling autocorrection in Chrome, for example, is handled this way. Other applications such as Firefox may require you hunting through the Preferences to disable the autocorrection feature.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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