How to Disable or Turn Off the AutoCorrect Feature in Google Docs

Key Takeaways

  • Google Docs’ AutoCorrect feature can automatically correct misspelled words or alert you to potential errors.
  • You can easily turn off AutoCorrect in Google Docs on various devices like PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
  • Disabling AutoCorrect gives you more control over your writing and prevents unwanted text substitutions.

Google Docs’ AutoCorrect feature is designed to help maintain consistency and correct common spelling and grammar errors in your documents. However, there may be times when you want to turn off this feature, especially if you prefer to have full control over your writing or if you’re working on a document that should remain unedited.

Turning Off AutoCorrect on a PC

To disable the AutoCorrect feature in Google Docs on your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Google Drive account and open a Google Docs file.
  2. From the top menu, select “Tools” > “Preferences.”
  3. In the “Preferences” window, uncheck the box next to “Automatically correct spelling.”
  4. Click “OK” to save the changes.

With AutoCorrect turned off, Google Docs will no longer automatically correct or suggest changes to your text.

Turning Off AutoCorrect on Mobile Devices

If you’re using Google Docs on a mobile device, the process to disable AutoCorrect is slightly different:

For iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your device.
  2. Tap “General” > “Keyboard.”
  3. Toggle off the “Auto-Correction” switch.

For Android Devices

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your device.
  2. Tap “Languages & Input” > “Virtual keyboard.”
  3. Select the keyboard you’re using (e.g., Android Keyboard, Gboard).
  4. Disable the “Auto-correction” or “Text correction” option.

By following these steps, you can easily turn off the AutoCorrect feature in Google Docs across various devices, giving you more control over your writing and preventing unwanted text substitutions.

Additional Tips and Tricks

While disabling AutoCorrect can be useful in certain situations, Google Docs offers several other features and settings that can enhance your writing experience:

  • Adding Words to the Dictionary: You can add words to Google Docs’ dictionary to prevent them from being flagged as misspelled. Simply right-click on the word, select “Add to personal dictionary,” and the word will be recognized in future documents.[1]
  • Removing Words from the Dictionary: If you’ve accidentally added a word to the dictionary, you can remove it by right-clicking on the word and selecting “Remove from personal dictionary.”[1]
  • Turning Off Automatic Substitutions: Google Docs can automatically substitute certain words or phrases (e.g., replacing “(c)” with “©”). To disable this feature, go to “Tools” > “Preferences” > “Substitutions” and uncheck the boxes next to the substitutions you want to disable.[1]
  • Adjusting Margins and Line Spacing: You can customize the margins and line spacing in your Google Docs documents by going to “File” > “Page Setup” and adjusting the settings as needed.[1]
  • Adding Strikethrough Text: To strike through text in Google Docs, select the text and click “Format” > “Text” > “Strikethrough.”[1]
  • Changing Document Orientation: To switch between portrait and landscape orientation, go to “File” > “Page Setup” and select the desired orientation.[1]

By exploring these additional features and settings, you can further customize your writing experience in Google Docs and ensure that your documents meet your specific needs.