fixed : how to stop Safari’s autocorrect when I typ my eMail-address ?

Question :

Recently I have encountered some extremely frustrating behavior of Safari :

whenever I need to typ my eMail-address in any online form, Safari screws up my eMail-address even though I’m 100% sure I’ve typed correctly !

I’ve figured out that this is because the automatic spelling corrector in Safari doesn’t recognize my name when I typ it without any capitals, and then thinks I’ve made a typo (even before I have typed the @ in my eMail-address) and then instantly autocorrects it to some similar word from the dictionary…

How can I stop Safari from such idiotic and frustrating behaviorΒ ?


Answer :

The spelling corrector in Safari isn’t a separate spelling corrector, but it’s OSX’s system-wide spelling corrector. So the simplest option is to either shut off OSX’s built-in spelling corrector alltogether, or to learn it to recognize your eMail-address.

Here’s how to do that :

– go to the Apple-icon top-left in the main menu bar

– in the pulldown menu that appears, click onΒ “System Preferences”

– in the “System Preferences”-window that opens, click on “Keyboard” [in OSX 10.11 El_Capitan and OSX 10.10 Yosemite] or “Language & Text” [in OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and MacOSX 10.6 Snow Leopard] (for other versions of OSX and MacOSX, you might need to click onΒ one of the other icons)

– in the “Keyboard”-window (or “Language & Text”-window) that opens, click on the “Text”-tab

– then click on the “+”-button below the “Replace/With”-table

– then, at “Replace” typ the part of your eMail-address that is on the left of the @-sign (normally, that would be your name without capitals, sometimes with a dot or an underscore between your first and your last name), and at “With” typ exactly the same (so, the left part of your eMail-address)

Note : to shut of OSX’s automatic spelling corrector entirely, you could remove the checkmark in front of “Correct spelling automatically”, but I would suggest the method mentioned above as the better option

…that’s it !

enjoy πŸ˜‰

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26 thoughts on “fixed : how to stop Safari’s autocorrect when I typ my eMail-address ?

  1. I hope this works. I misspelled my email address once and now it autocorrects me every time. It especially likes to correct me when I hit send or enter, so it changes right when I don’t have a chance to notice or change it back!

  2. Thank you so much for your solution! I was going insane trying to type my email and having autocorrect incorrectly “correct” my address. You were the only solution I found and you explained it perfectly. Again, thanks for taking the time to post this:)

  3. Thanks! This was driving me nuts. I misspelled my email address once. (Hit a key too lightly and it it didn’t type the letter). Ever since it autocorrects my email address to the wrong version. I searched everywhere for a solution. This worked. But apple really need to think of a way to enable undoing mistakes easily. Thanks

  4. Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been having the same issue and it’s been driving me mad!

  5. Oh. My. God. Thank you SOOOOO much. I have tried so many other “solutions” and none of them worked until now. Thanks a MILLION.

  6. Hi. WHY did u write that to uncheck the entire “automatic spelling corrector” is worse option? (I did uncheck)
    Thank you.

    • @Magdalena :

      Thank you for your feedback πŸ˜‰
      Since an automatic spelling corrector is a welcome extension even for people with excellent grammatical skills, I would generally suggest to leave the automatic spelling corrector on, even if it isn’t error free.
      Enjoy πŸ˜‰

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