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There are many times when I curse the autocorrection mechanism for changing what I typed, but overall, much of the corrections are welcome so I don't really want to disable it. I do want to have it do it's work but alert me when it makes each change so I don't have to proofread everything or focus with perfect attention to the screen to see the momentary red and/or blue underlining that alerts me to the machine override.

I would love a way to turn on an audible beep (customizable of course) so that I also get a warning each time my typing gets corrected (and only when autocorrection occurs).

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Not exclusively, but there is a tool that will mark spelling and other changes with a sound.

As described in this answer, it is possible to detect the type of text field change that autocorrect uses programmatically. A sound is issued whenever any of the text changes - but this results in a lot of false positive "sounds" when autocorrect did not happen. A proof of concept app was released August 2011, so I hope it is still fully functioning. Direct download link: http://cl.ly/9CIZ. The app works in the background, and has a few options, such as the sound to be played. The author of the tool states:

Again, this doesn't work perfectly and has a couple of bugs but it should work 99% of the time!

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    Great find. The app seems laggy and not specific to autocorrect. I get beeps several seconds after a substitution and also phantom beeps when no typing is happening... It's a fantastic lead since there is code and something that mostly works! – bmike Mar 9 '12 at 22:47
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    In practice this app won't do for me - there are far too many false positive beeps when nothing is happening to work for a signal to check for computer overrides. it is a great hack, though. – bmike Mar 10 '12 at 1:46
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    Did you try version 1.0.2 ? And titaniumdecoy mentioned Typinator also support audio alerts (system-wide ?): You can, for example, assign separate feedback sounds for spelling corrections... – iolsmit Mar 10 '12 at 2:23
  • @iolsmit - I didn't see the newer version and will look into Typinator. I'm not really looking to disable apple's spell check and use another program - but perhaps I don't yet understand typinator's abilities. I appreciate the extra info! – bmike Mar 14 '12 at 17:28

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