How to Turn Off AutoCorrect in Outlook

Outlook’s AutoCorrect feature uses hundreds of pre-configured corrections to help you reduce errors as you write. It’s set by default to fix common spelling and punctuation errors. However, it can be a hindrance at times when it’s incorrect and causes errors.

How to Turn Off AutoCorrect in Outlook

Does the AutoCorrect feature in Outlook bother you? If so, read on to learn how to turn it off in Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA), plus how to add and remove words to the list.

How to Turn Off AutoCorrect in the Outlook Web App

Follow these steps to disable the AutoCorrect feature via Outlook Web Access:

Windows 10:

  1. Navigate to Microsoft 365 or Outlook.com to sign in to your account.
  2. Click “File,” “Options,” then “Mail.”
  3. Choose “Editor Options,” Proofing,” and “AutoCorrect Options.”
  4. Via the “AutoCorrect” tab, deselect the “Replace text as you type” option.

Mac:

  1. Sign in to your OWA account by visiting Microsoft 365 or Outlook.com.
  2. From the Outlook menu, choose “Preferences,” then “AutoCorrect.”
  3. Uncheck “Replace text as you type” to disable AutoCorrect.

How to Turn Off AutoCorrect in Outlook on a Windows PC?

The steps for disabling AutoCorrect using the app on your PC are pretty much the same as doing so via OWA:

  1. Open the Outlook app.
  2. Select “File,” “Options,” then “Mail.”
  3. Select the “Editor Options,” Proofing,” then “AutoCorrect Options.”
  4. Under the “AutoCorrect” tab, disable the “Replace text as you type” option to turn AutoCorrect off.

How to Turn Off AutoCorrect in Outlook on a Mac

Here’s how to deactivate the AutoCorrect feature using the Outlook app on your Mac:

  1. Open Outlook and sign in to your account.
  2. Via the Outlook menu, select “Preferences,” then “AutoCorrect.”
  3. Clear the “Replace text as you type” option to disable AutoCorrect.

How to Remove a Word From AutoCorrect in Outlook

Using the desktop version, you can delete and add words to the AutoCorrect list. Here’s how to amend the list using Windows or Mac:

Note: This option is not supported in OWA.

Remove an Entry From the AutoCorrect List in Windows 10:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Click “File,” “Options,” then “Mail.”
  3. Select “Editor Options,” Proofing,” then “AutoCorrect Options.”
  4. Under the “AutoCorrect” tab, via the “Replace” box, type the word you wish to remove from the list.
  5. Choose the word from the list, then select “Delete.”

Add an Entry to the AutoCorrect List Using Windows 10:

  1. Sign in to Outlook.
  2. Choose “File,” “Options,” “Mail,” then “Editor Options.”
  3. Click on “Proofing” and “AutoCorrect Options.”
  4. Select the “AutoCorrect” tab, then in the “Replace” box, enter a misspelled word or phrase you want AutoCorrected.
  5. In the “With” box, type the correct spelling, then select “Add.”

Remove an Entry From the AutoCorrect List via Mac:

  1. Access your Outlook account.
  2. Go to “File,” “Options,” and “Mail.”
  3. Choose “Editor Options,” Proofing,” and “AutoCorrect Options.”
  4. Select the “AutoCorrect” tab, click in the list and type the first couple of letters of the word or phrase you wish to delete.
  5. Click the entry in the list, then the minus (-) sign.

Add an Entry to the AutoCorrect List Using Mac:

  1. Launch the Outlook app.
  2. Choose “File,” “Options,” then “Mail.”
  3. Select “Editor Options,” Proofing,” then “AutoCorrect Options.”
  4. With the “AutoCorrect” tab selected, click the plus “+” sign at the bottom left of the dialog box.
  5. In the “Replace” column, enter the word or phrase you often misspell.
  6. Now, type the correct spelling in the “With” column, then press “Enter.”

How to Remove a Misspelled Word From Spell Check in Outlook

All custom dictionaries are controlled via the “Custom Dictionaries” section. Therefore, any custom dictionaries you wish to use must be selected in the “Custom Dictionaries” dialog box. Follow these steps to add or remove words from custom dictionaries:

Note: When you add a word to the custom dictionary via an Office app, the word will be available for spell checks across all Office apps.

Windows 10:

  1. Sign in to your Outlook account.
  2. Select “File,” “Options,” then “Mail.”
  3. Click on “Spelling and AutoCorrect” and “Proofing.”
  4. Ensure the “Suggest from main dictionary only” option is unchecked.
  5. Choose “Custom Dictionaries” and select the dictionary you want to edit without unchecking it.
  6. Choose “Edit Word List” and do one of the following:
    • Add a word by entering it into the “Word(s)” field, then select “Add.”
    • Delete a word by selecting it in the “Dictionary” box, then click “Delete.”
    • Edit a word by deleting it, then add its replacement.
    • Choose “Delete all” to remove all words.

Mac:

The steps to edit the custom dictionary using Outlook for Mac are slightly different from Windows:

  1. Sign in to Outlook, then select “Preferences.”
  2. Via “Authoring and Proofing Tools,” choose “Spelling & Grammar.”
  3. To use custom dictionaries, ensure the “Suggest from main dictionary only” option is unchecked.
  4. Choose “Dictionaries,” then select the dictionary you wish to edit.
  5. Be sure not to accidentally uncheck the dictionary option.
  6. Click “Edit.” The custom dictionary will open like a document ready for editing.
  7. Make the changes, then “Save.”

Incorrect AutoCorrect

AutoCorrect is a great assistant for writing emails most of the time. However, the feature doesn’t always get its corrections right and can cause errors instead. If you don’t spot AutoCorrect’s mistake, you could look unprofessional when your message is read. Fortunately, Outlook allows for this feature to be enabled and disabled at any time. You can also remove words from and add them to its pre-configured autocorrection list.

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