Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I like the autocorrect feature, but sometimes I want to revert to the word I typed. If i backspace to the word, I see an overlay with the word as I typed it, but can't figure how to revert to it without using the mouse. Any suggestion?

share|improve this question
up vote 21 down vote accepted

After you've got the overlay with the previous, uncorrected spelling, you can press the down arrow key, then Return/Enter. This accepts the selected, uncorrected spelling.

One Two Three

share|improve this answer
This does not work for me. The only thing that works is one of the following annoying processes: (1) take my hand off the keyboard, move it to the mouse and position the cursor to the "X" and click; (2) backup an change the word back to the correct spelling. The program then seems to understand that it should not attempt to change the word, the simply underlines it with the squiggly red underline. – Jeffrey Simon Jul 9 '15 at 4:41
@Jeffrey If an × is shown then you haven't accepted the autocorrect suggestion yet which is not what this question and answer is concerned with. – grgarside Mar 24 at 13:03
The problem with all these suggestions is that (1) they imply you are watching what you type; (2) that you type slowly. If you are used to looking at other reference material or typing fast, you get way ahead of this "see the x" process. – Jeffrey Simon Apr 12 at 21:04
This method works, but you have to precisely position your cursor at the end of the word you want to revert. You can typically speed up movement with ⌥← (option + left arrow), which jumps one word at a time. – duozmo Jun 22 at 4:01

Same. I also like having auto correct, but sometimes I'm trying to write a word spelt incorrectly on purpose.

  • Pressing 'Space Bar' will correct your word.

  • If you press 'UP' on your directions, it will cancel auto-correct.

  • If you press 'Down' it will let you cycle the choices, then hit 'Space Bar' when you've selected the word you want.

share|improve this answer

⌘ Command + z for Undo will undo the auto-correct.

share|improve this answer
Did you mean Command instead of Control for the menu item shortcut? – Graham Miln Jul 11 at 9:53

You can just press escape key.

share|improve this answer
Does not workk <esc>. OS X Yostemite 10.10.5 Actually none of the techniques appear to work in this comment box, but I did test this suggestion elsewhere to no effect. – here Dec 2 '15 at 6:12

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.