Your best ally on Mac to write well: this is how the corrector works — 2022

Taking care of spelling is one of the most important aspects of everyday life. On many occasions, due to the speed at which we carry out certain actions, different spelling mistakes sneak in that we have to correct. For this reason, in this post we want to tell you how you can make your Mac the best possible ally to avoid making these spelling mistakes, or failing that, your best ally to correct them satisfactorily.

Customize text settings on your Mac

As we said, the Mac can become your best friend to be able to completely reduce the spelling mistakes that you can make while writing any text, be it a formal text or a simple message to your friends. This can be achieved through the text settings that you can configure on your Apple computer. To make use of these settings you just have to open System Preferences, click on Keyboard and then on Text. Once you are on the Text Settings screen of your Mac, you can check the different parameters that you can configure so that it helps you maintain good spelling.

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First of all you can make use of the replace function, that is intended more to be able to automatically write a large amount of predetermined text just by typing a word that you choose. For example, if you have a YouTube channel and a large part of the description box of each video is always the same, you don't have to keep putting the same thing, you just have to choose a word so that, each time you write it , the Mac automatically replaces that word with all the text you have to put in that situation. It is also used to be able to write words through abbreviations, for example, replacing the letters pq with the word because.

replace function

If you go to the right side of the displayed menu, you will see that you have several interesting functions that will help you write better. First of all, you can set your Mac to automatically correct your spelling, so every time you spell a word wrong, your computer will take care of correcting it. Another of the actions that you can configure is the automatic use of initial capital letters, as well as that, every time you press the space key twice, a period is entered and followed. In addition, for those Macs that have a Touch Bar, you can configure writing suggestions to appear in the bar.

grammar functions

The language in which you write is also important for the Mac to take into account, so you can also configure the Apple computer to be able to understand which language you are using, although we will talk about this in a little more detail later in this article. Finally, another of the settings that you can configure in this menu is the use of typographical quotes and smart hyphens, so you can configure to your liking how you want them to be entered into your texts automatically.

Spelling and quote functions

What does it mean to use autocorrect?

The use of autocorrection on the Mac implies that the computer is capable of checking each one of the words that you write and that, in the event that it is written incorrectly, it notifies you and proposes the pertinent correction at all times. You will be able to detect this correction since, when you write a word incorrectly, it will be underlined in red to alert you. For this to happen, what you have to do is follow the following steps.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard.
  3. Select Text.
  4. Check the Automatically correct spelling box.

Correct spelling automatically

Once you've done these steps, each time you misspell a word, your Mac will underline that word and suggest the solution(s). As soon as the computer detects the misspelling, you have the possibility of carrying out three different actions. First of all, Accept suggestions, that is, if there is only one suggestion to correct the word that you have written incorrectly, you just have to continue writing and the Mac will take care of correcting it automatically. In case there is more than one correction suggestion, you will have to choose one.

Of course, just as you can accept the suggestion, you can also ignore it, to do this you just have to press the Esc key and continue typing. However, we recommend that you make sure that the word is really spelled correctly so that you avoid making a mistake in your spelling. The third option available is to undo the automatic corrections. When the Mac automatically corrects a word, it is briefly underlined in blue, if you want to restore the correction, place the insertion point after the word in question to show its original spelling and then select it. Another option to achieve the same result is to hold down the Control key to display the original spelling and then select it.

Another option that you have to take into account when controlling or not your spelling is that you can have this autocorrect method activated or not in certain applications, that is, if you do not want an app to control your spelling , you can disable it. To do this, all you have to do is open the app, select Edit, then Spelling and Grammar, and click Automatically correct spelling. To know if it is activated or not, you just have to look at whether or not there is a brand, when it is deactivated no brand is shown.

Modify the language

A fundamental aspect when it comes to the Mac being able to really help you check your spelling and modify it when necessary is the language in which the Apple computer interprets that you are writing. By default, the Mac checks your spelling automatically regardless of the language you are using your computer in, however, if you want to add a new language, just follow the steps below.

  1. Select the Apple menu.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on Keyboard and then select Text.
  4. Click on the Spelling drop-down menu and select the language.
  5. You can also choose several languages ​​so that the check is done in all of them, in this case, again, click on the Spelling drop-down menu, select Settings and choose the language you want to be checked automatically. Finally click on OK.

correction language

So you can check spelling and grammar

While you use your computer to write, there are a lot of options that you can carry out to check your spelling and above all, to improve it. Next we will talk about all of them.

check spelling

First of all you can use the Check Spelling function. In case you doubt what you have written and want to check if it is correct or not, this option is, without a doubt, the most appropriate. To carry it out you just have to select Edition, then Spelling and Grammar and click on Check Document Now. The operation is as follows, in the document you are working on the first error will be highlighted, to display the next one you just have to press the Command key + semicolon. Once you want to correct the error, if you want the Mac to give you correction suggestions, you just have to click on the word with the Control key pressed.

check grammar

Just like you can check spelling you can also check grammar. To do this, what you have to do is, again, select Edit, then Spelling and grammar and click Check grammar with spelling, in this case, when this function is active, it will be indicated with a check mark. When using this function, grammatical errors are underlined in green, you just have to move the cursor over the word for the Mac to tell you what the problem is.

learn and ignore word

Sometimes, checking spelling on your Mac tells you that a word that is spelled correctly identifies a word that is misspelled. What we recommend on these occasions is that, first, you make sure that the word that the computer indicates as incorrect is really correct, and once this is done, make use of one of the two functions that Apple grants to users . The first of them is to Add words to the spelling dictionary, for this you just have to click on the word while holding down the Control key and click, then on Learn word, in this way you will add said word to the dictionary of your Mac. The second option is to ignore misspelled words, in this way, using this option will ignore said word throughout the document, for this you just have to click on the word while pressing the Control key and select Ignore word.

Finally, you can also delete a word from the spelling dictionary, to do this, what you have to do is click on the word you want to delete while holding down the Control key and then select Discard spelling.