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How To Turn Off Windows 10 Autocorrect & Manage Dictionary

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Autocorrect trouble is all fun and games, until you are on the receiving end of a particularly vicious change of context. A lot of hilarity usually ensues when you are trying to type quickly and autocorrect is enabled. Whenever I get a new smartphone, my first step is to turn the autocorrect feature off, and replace it with a mere highlighter whenever the OS thinks I have misspelled a word. The same procedure is usually not needed for desktop systems, since you can pay more attention to what is being typed on the screen. The Windows 10 autocorrect is different though, since MS has taken the approach of merging desktop and mobile environments in this new update. So, if the Windows 10 autocorrect has been bothering you, and you can’t figure out how to disable it, there is a default menu dedicated to it. For those who don’t want to disable the feature in its entirety, the OS also offers the option to improve your system’s dictionary manually.

The option to disable the Windows 10 autocorrect resides inside the stock Settings app, as you would expect. The dictionary settings are not so easy to find though.

Windows 10 Autocorrect

Windows 10 Autocorrect Settings

  1. Open the Settings app by searching for it under the Start menu.
  2. From the main screen of Settings, look for the entry labeled ‘Devices’.
  3. Click or tap ‘Typing’, which is located in the left-hand bar of the menu.
  4. From the top option in the Typing menu, you can turn the Windows 10 autocorrect off. The same menu houses the option to only highlight the wrongly spelled words, rather than replacing them altogether.
  5. Restart all keyboard-enabled apps to make sure the changes take effect.

To access the Windows 10 customizable dictionary, and make sure no wrongly spelled words have been added to it mistakenly, do the following.

  1. Go to the directory where you OS is installed (usually ‘C’).
  2. Make your way to your computer’s administrator account folder under ‘Users’.
  3. Go to the following path;
    AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Spelling
  4. The desired dictionary file is located under the folder with the shortened name for your system’s default language (like es-US and es-UK). The name of the file is ‘default.dic‘.
  5. Right-click default.dic and open it with Notepad.
  6. Change all the words you want and save your changes before quitting. Using CTRL+F will help you find the desired words.

The above two methods give you pretty thorough control over keyboard input in the OS. If the Windows 10 autocorrect has just been feeling a little off to you, go ahead and fix / disable it to get a better experience.