How to Disable Autocorrect in Google Docs? (2024 Guide)

If you frequently use Google Docs to write, the Autocorrect feature is convenient most of the time. With it, you can avoid unintentional typing errors in your text. 

However, these changes do not always pan out in your favor. There are times when Docs changes irregular vocabulary and unusual words that provide a context to your document. Fortunately, you can disable Autocorrect in Google Docs to present your writing more clearly.

How to Disable Autocorrect in Google Docs?

There are two major Autocorrect functions available in Google Docs. They are the automatic and the manual Autocorrect/substitution functions. 

To Disable Autocorrect in Google Docs

Within these functions, there are multiple features that you can disable as you see fit. These features are available in the Preferences section of the doc file. We will discuss ways to disable them in detail below.

Using Automatic Autocorrect

Docs identifies errors in the text and replaces them with the most suitable alternative. The errors are determined by Google’s personal dictionary and typos in commonly used words.

Some common automatic Autocorrect features of Google Docs include:

  • Automatically correct spelling
  • Automatically capitalize words
  • Use smart quotes
  • Automatically detect links
  • Automatically detect lists
  • Automatically detect markdown
  • Show link details
  • Show smart reply suggestions 

When you disable Automatically correct spelling and Automatically capitalize words, spelling corrections and necessary capitalizations stop. By disabling these settings, you can disable Autocorrect in docs.

Follow the steps mentioned below to disable auto-correct in Google Docs:

For PC

  1. Open Google Docs on your web browser.
  2. Click on Tools from the toolbar at the top of the page.
  3. Then, click Preferences.
  4. In the General section, unmark Automatically correct spelling and Automatically capitalize words. 
  5. Similarly, unmark other options as you see fit.
  6. Then, press OK.

If you want to re-enable the Autocorrect feature, follow the same steps as mentioned above. But this time, mark the sections that you’ve unmarked and press OK.

For Mobiles

Google does not have the Autocorrect feature available on the mobile app version of Google docs. So, If you use the Google docs mobile app, you cannot enable or disable Autocorrect. 

Alternatively, you can disable the Autocorrect feature in the keyboard’s settings. By doing this, you will be able to disable the Autocorrect feature on your phone, including on Google Docs. Here are the steps to do so on your keyboard:

For iOS

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and go to General > Keyboard.
  3. Then, locate and disable “Autocorrect.”

For Android

  1. Open keyboard. (Try typing any random text.)
  2. Then, long press the comma button.
  3. Click the gear icon. This opens the keyboard setting.
  4. Click on Text correction.
  5. Then, locate and disable Auto-correction.

Using Substitutions/manual Autocorrect

You can personally add the words to change in the substitution or the manual Autocorrect feature. 

The substitution feature automatically changes certain words you type to a different word you assign. The change from 1/2 to ½ results from the Autocorrect substitution feature. You can view and change these words from the substitution section of preferences.

The substitution feature of Google Docs is only available for desktop users. Both the Autocorrect and the substitution features are inaccessible on Google Docs mobile app. To disable this feature on your desktop, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open Google Docs on your web browser.
  2. Click on Tools from the toolbar at the top of the page.
  3. Then, click Preferences.
  4. Click on Substitutions.
  5. Unmark the Automatic substitution. Or, keep it marked and unmark a specific rule from the list.
  6. Then, click OK.

On the Substitution page, you can view all the commands that are already present. You can add your choices as you see fit.

How Do I Stop Specific Words From Being Auto-corrected?

Google’s dictionary does not include casual words involving slang or such terms. Google does not recognize these words and autocorrects them into known terms. To avoid further autocorrection, you can add them to your personal dictionary on Docs. 

Follow the steps mentioned below to do so.

  1. Open Google Docs on your web browser.
  2. Click on Tools from the toolbar at the top of the page.
  3. Go to Spelling and Grammar > Personal dictionary. 
  4. Input the target word. Then, press Add.
  5. Then, press OK.

Concluding on How to Disable Autocorrect in Google Docs

So, this wraps up the tutorial to disable autocorrect in Google Docs.

If you liked this article, feel free to check out some further articles on uploading a PDF to Google docs and transferring ownership of a Google Doc.

Please leave a comment below if you have further interests or queries.

Liam Johnson
Liam Johnson

Liam is a tech enthusiast with a knack for helping others use the internet and computer software. He focuses on "HOW TOs" and "FIXES" at SpllittzTech to make your experience with technology better each day.

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