I welcome popup spelling suggestions, but I dislike the OS replacing text as I type without any real confirmation from me.

I'm aware both behaviors can be enabled/disabled together as one option in System Prefs > Keyboard > Text, but would anyone know a way to disable the autocorrect while leaving the tooltip-style suggestions intact…perhaps via the Terminal? Thank you.

Mac OS X 9.4 (Mavericks)

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When a suggestion happens and the word is underlined in blue, then right click the word and goto Spelling and Grammar and uncheck Correct Spelling Automatically.

  • Close, but that only works on an app-by-app basis. I want a system-wide change.
    – 2540625
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 22:00

i think you have to stop word Prediction in your iPhone, or iPad.

So, you have to go with below settings,

  1. Go to the Setting app.
  2. Then, Tap on general option.
  3. Then disable Prediction option. (turn off toggle).
  • Sorry, I tagged this for Mac OS X. I'll edit my question to make it more clear.
    – 2540625
    Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 7:11
  • what's your OS version? from where you are facing like mail, act...
    – user280426
    Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 7:15
  • Mavericks (I'll update question above). Autocorrect happens in all apps (it's system-wide, part of the OS).
    – 2540625
    Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 7:52

I havent found a solution either, but as a crude workaround you can use something like popclip, which also provides correction


There is another crude workaround I use - right click, Spelling and Grammar, Show Spelling And Grammar. All suggestions will be there. It is better than popups if you do not need suggestions too often.


I tried going into System Preferences --> Keyboard --> Text (uncheck) "Correct Spelling Automatically"

It seems to have worked (so far) - I still get the option to correct without it automatically correcting (or autocorrecting to a word that was not a real word), at least in my emails, which was my biggest problem.

  • As said in my question, both behaviors (autocorrect and spelling suggestions) are disabled by unticking this checkbox.
    – 2540625
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 17:18

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