Choose your language with care or spellcheck may bite
Quick Mac Tip, 14 August 2011
The new autocorrect feature in Lion is a very fine thing, unless it speaks American and you don’t. If you use British, Australian or another form of English you may not always want to look like you write American. In that case Autocorrect can just drive you batty. Until you discover where to change it. Alan Macdougall made the discovery and shares it here.
This guest Tip was contributed by Alan Macdougall.
Annoyed with being auto-corrected?
Using Lion, and getting annoyed with being auto-corrected to US English in Safari and other apps?
Find your language flavours of choice in System Preferences and promote them ahead of US English. Here’s how.
- Click on the
Language & Textpreference.
- Click on the
- Go to
Set Up…at the bottom of the
- Drag the languages into the order you prefer.
- Uncheck any languages you don’t want spell-checked.
- Click the
Restart your app, and away you go.
Now enjoy spellchecks that don’t flag the wrong words.
Automatic by Language
Note: if you choose
Automatic by Language then it will point out your US English spellings (like “authorize”) but it won’t autocorrect them for you.
If you always want your accidental Americanisms (or Britishisms) autocorrected you must specifically choose the spelling language you want.
Take a Tip: use TextExpander to avoid spelling woes
TextExpander types text for you. I wrote about it in several places, but start here: Book Review: Take Control of TextExpander. The software’s inexpensive and saves all kinds of headaches and time. [If you buy the book or the software through my affiliate links on that page the extra income helps me make more and better Tips.]
Tell us in the comments how you’re doing with checking spelling in Lion.