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Changing Text Substitution Options

The Language & Text pane in System Preferences gives you options to automatically correct common spelling errors and insert symbols as you type. OS X comes with a list of common text and symbol entries you can edit or remove. You can add words and phrases that you misspell, or add often-typed words and save time by just typing their initials. You can use text substitution to quickly insert symbols. For example, you can type (c) to insert ©. You can also set options to check spelling and select text by language, and automatically change double or single quotation marks.

Set Symbol and Text Substitution Options

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Language & Text icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Text tab.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Select the Use symbol and text substitution check box to enable the automatic substitution.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Select the check boxes you want to use for symbol and text substitution.
  • bluecircle_5.jpg Select language and selection settings for the following options:

    • Correct Spelling. Select the Correct spelling automatically check box to enable spell checking.
    • Spelling. Select Automatic by Language or a specific language to spell check.
    • Word Break. Specifies how a word is highlighted when it’s double-clicked. Select Standard or a specific language.
  • bluecircle_6.jpg Select Smart Quote settings when you type double or single quotation marks.
  • bluecircle_7.jpg To restore setting, click Restore Defaults.
  • bluecircle_8.jpg Click the Close button.

Add, Edit. or Remove a Text Substitution Entry

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Language & Text icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Text tab.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Do one of the following:

    • Add. Click the Add (+) button, type a misspelled word or an abbreviation, press Tab, type the replacement text, and then press Return.
    • Edit. double-click an entry, make a change, and then press Return.
    • Remove. Select an entry, click Remove (-) button.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Click the Close button.

Replace Text as You Type

  • To correct spelling errors or insert symbols automatically, continue typing until text substitution makes the required correction.
  • Enable Correct Spelling. In the Language & Text Preferences dialog, select the Correct spelling automatically check box to enable automatic spell checking as you type.
  • See examples of text substitution in the following table.

Examples of Text Substitution

Type of Correction

If You Type

AutoCorrect Inserts

Common typos

can;t

can’t

Common typos

windoes

windows

Superscript ordinals

2nd

2nd

Stacked fractions

1/2

½

Smart quotes

″ ″

” ”

Em dashes

Madison--a small city in Wisconsin--is a nice place to live.

Madison—a small city in Wisconsin—is a nice place to live.

Symbols

(c)

©

Symbols

(r)

®

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