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Why is spellcheck in my Google Docs not working properly?

APPLIES TO 


   Windows & Mac O/S Devices, Chromebooks, Google Chrome, Google Docs, Google Slides



ISSUE 

 

   When typing a word, it will either change to a different word or spell check does not catch it as misspelled

 


CAUSES 

 

   The misspelled words have been added to the users personal dictionary or automatic text substitutions are enabled

 


RESOLUTION


     Automatic Text Substitutions


We will begin with looking at automatic text substitutions.  With this setting, when certain words or text are typed in a Google Doc, it will automatically change to another word/text.  For example, you type "dog" and Google Docs will automatically change it to "cat".  To correct this issue, follow the steps below.


  1. With a Google Doc open, go to the Tools menu then select Preferences


  2. Look through the Automatic Substitution list for the offending word substitution

        • Delete any entries by clicking the X next to the word






     Personal Dictionary

You can add custom words to a personal dictionary so that spell check will skip over those words.  If you accidentally added a word to your personal dictionary, follow the steps below to correct this.

  1. With Google Chrome open, select the 3 dots in the upper right corner, choose Settings



  2. At the top of the page in the Search Settings field, type:  Language

  3. Next, choose Spell Check, then Custom Spelling



  4. In the custom spelling list, look for any entries that do not belong



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