Disable Safari’s Spelling Auto-Correct in Mac OS X
If you disabled spelling auto-correct in Mac OS X but find yourself still being autocorrected as you type various words in Safari, that’s because the new versions of Safari has a separate spelling and grammar engine than the core OS. Admittedly, that’s a little confusing to have an app use it’s own unique spelling correction functionality, but fortunately you can control the feature independently if it’s bothering you.
Done with Safari’s auto-correct function? This is how to turn it off on the Mac:
- Open the Safari app on the Mac
- 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
This is what you’re looking for in the menu item:
The setting takes effect immediately but you are welcome to test this out and confirm it yourself. You should not need to relaunch Safari on the Mac for any change to become acknowledged, the autocorrection should just cease.
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.