In a Mac OS X native textfields, misspelled and typo'd words are underlined with a red squiggle.

Is there a standard keyboard shortcut that will correct a mispelling by selecting the most-likely correction?

This should work in all native textfields. The solution should not be limited to a single app.

misspelled words in macOS document

It's already possible to Right Click a misspelled word. I'd like a keyboard shortcut to bring up a similar feature, so that I don't have to manually Right Click each word individually.

The feature could correct each word, one-by-one, allowing you to select each correction. Or, it could use the best guess for all misspelled words in the document.

correcting spelling via Right Click

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You can't correct them in a single click, but you can make it start to go though them in bulk, correcting each on the way.

Cmd ⌘ : [which on a UK keyboard is actually Cmd ⌘ Shift ⇧ ; ] will pop up the Spelling & Grammar checker, allowing you to select each error in turn & correct it [or ignore, learn etc]

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Alternatively ... Edit Menu > Spelling and Grammar > Show Spelling and Grammar

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    Thanks for the answer. Once you're opened this panel with a keyboard shortcut, it unfortunately still needs plenty of mouse clicks to operate. More than the right-click suggestions even. I'm hoping to find something that's automatic or driven entirely by the keyboard...
    – pkamb
    Aug 11, 2017 at 22:18

Keyboard only solution:

  1. Cmd ⌘: to open the spelling floating window for the next misspelled word.
  2. Ctrl ^F6 to go to the spelling window. (See preferences image below.)
  3. Use arrows to navigate to the correct spelling.
  4. Press Enter to change that word. (Note that if there are more misspelled words, it will loop over them)
  5. Press Escape to exit the floating window.

If like me you want to change the shortcut for moving to the floating window, this is where it is done:

preferences pane - move focus to the floating window

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    Dang, nice research. To add: If you want to skip a word, in the floating window, you can ^F7 to "change the way Tab moves focus" and then tab your way to the "Find Next" button.
    – duozmo
    Dec 29, 2022 at 16:48

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