Set Language Priority in Mac OS X Auto Correct to Prevent Inaccurate Corrections Like “Colour” to “Color”
Is autocorrect in Mac OS X driving you nuts? We’ve received a fair amount of complaints regarding Mac OS X spelling autocorrect feature erroneously correcting things like British English words to American English words, and changing the spelling of some words like “colour” to “color” and so on. The reason for this is a language priority setting that should be set beyond just specifying a generic language, and you can set a region specific form of English (or Spanish, Portuguese, etc) that will alleviate this behavior.
How to Choose Auto Correct Language Priorities in Mac OS X
The autocorrect feature is very useful, so instead of turning it off, set a language priority and you’ll alleviate the aforementioned annoyance.
- Open up ‘System Preferences’ and click on “Keyboard” (in new MacOS versions) or the “Language & Text” (in older Mac OS X versions) icon
- Click on the “Text” tab and select the pull-down menu next to “Spelling” (the default is ‘Automatic by Language’)
- Scroll down the menu and choose “Set Up”
- Click on the checkbox next to the language variation and spelling that you want to prioritize, for example “British English”
- Now drag “British English” (or your language preference) to the top of the language list, above “American English”
- Click “Done” and close out System Preferences
Now anytime you type ‘colour’ it shouldn’t tell you it’s a typo, but recognize it as the proper spelling of that word for your country. Most of the complaints of this behavior come from English speakers, and Mac OS X Lion onward has at least four sets: American English, British English, Canadian English, and Australian English, so be sure to prioritize these as they are appropriate for you.
Anyway, if you’re having a frustrating experience with autocorrect in Mac OS replacing words with spelling that is incorrect for your region, this trick should resolve that. If you know of another method for achieving the same result, share with us in the comments!