Every time I try to login with my usual username (i.e. gsamaras), I get a pop-up, like a suggestion from my Mac, for the word samaras, so unless I click on the x button, "gsamaras" will be replaced by "samaras".

How can I tell my Mac not to correct gsamaras?

Note: Formatting the laptop is not an option.

  • When you say "login," do you mean logging into your Mac itself or into Ask Different?
    – aaplmath
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:01
  • Once logged in, can you try this: Open text edit, type your name, right click and pick "Learn Spelling". Maybe that will add it to a system wide dictionary? Also, maybe try to have it Learn Spelling from the login screen?
    – joels
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:11
  • @joels I don't believe it's a system dictionary, but rather a user-specific one (it's inside ~/Library). However, if this need only apply to one user account, that should probably suffice.
    – aaplmath
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:13
  • I mean when logging into my email for example, sorry! @joels that did the trick, I suggest you post an answer! :)
    – gsamaras
    Jul 15, 2016 at 21:24

2 Answers 2


Type your name, right click and pick "Learn Spelling".


You can add the word to your dictionary or you can disable auto correct. Go up to Edit -> Spelling and Grammar, then untick Correct Spelling Automatically.

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