Disable Safari’s Spelling Auto-Correct in Mac OS X Lion

Aug 18, 2011 - 17 Comments

Disable Spelling Auto Correct in Safari under Mac OS X

If you disabled spelling auto-correct in Mac OS X Lion but find yourself still being autocorrected as you type various words in Safari, that’s because Safari 5.1 has a separate spelling and grammar engine than the core OS. Here’s how to turn it off:

  • Open a new Safari window and select a text-input box by clicking into it (here’s a quick link to our comments if you want to use that)
  • Pull down the Edit menu and scroll down to “Spelling and Grammar”
  • Select “Correct Spelling Automatically” so that the check no longer appears next to it

You can disable Safaris spell checking here too, but the autocorrect feature is what actually causes your words to change themselves rather than just be highlighted by the checking feature.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

17 Comments

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  1. bah rem you says:

    damn you autocorrect!

  2. Mathias says:

    Good one, I figured the defaults write command just didn’t work

  3. Joseph says:

    tHanks for tha raelly graet tip!

  4. Ray says:

    Interesting site and your tip seems to work. However, after a restart both Safari and Stickies have to have the spelling checker disabled yet again. Very annoying!

    I often use Pages in two languages and need the spell-checker to insert accents (French). However, the spell-checker always reverts back to English. I can even see it change the language in the inspector/text/more tab. Any ideas on how to correct this?

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  6. Gaius says:

    Thanks. This was starting to get really annoying.

  7. Clay says:

    Anyone know what to do if you go to Spelling & Grammar and “Correct Spelling Automatically” is grey and will not allow you to click/uncheck it?

  8. Dave says:

    Yes, you have to have clicked into a field where you can input text, then it becomes available to adjust.

  9. Xanthos says:

    When I want to write something including ‘a it immediately bocomes á !! The same thing happens with all these:
    ‘o -> ó
    ‘e -> é
    “a -> ä
    “e -> ë
    etc…
    How can I avoid that??? Please help…. :)
    Thank you!!

  10. Hell yeah!

    Thanks so muhc, sorry, so much!

  11. Maik says:

    Thanks, what a stupid “feature” from Apple -_-

  12. Fiona says:

    TRhaks for these helful comments. Does any one know how to get into the local dictionary to change a word it has wrongly stored? (ie it keeps autocorrecting WOULD to WOUDL.

  13. Fiona says:

    Thanks for these helpful comments.

    Does any one know how to get into the local dictionary to change a word it has wrongly stored? (ie it keeps autocorrecting WOULD to WOUDL.

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