How to Disable Spell Check in Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system tries to help users in a lot of different ways. One of the most basic things it does is auto correcting what users type throughout Internet Explorer and practically anything else users open. In theory, that’s great news. The iPhone, Windows Phones and devices running Google’s Android operating system have had some sort of spell check and auto correct feature for years. The problem is that, like other spell check systems on other platforms, the one in Windows 8 isn’t always accurate. Here’s how to turn off spell check in Windows 8.1.

Before we begin it’s important that you have the Windows 8.1 update installed before beginning this tutorial. To check, open the Windows Store app from the Start Screen. Now look for a banner that says “Install Windows 8.1.” Clicking or tapping on that banner will install the update for you. The process typically takes about an hour.

Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard or the Windows button underneath your touch device’s display.

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Place your mouse cursor in the top-right corner of your screen to open the Charms Bar. Touch users should place their finger on the right edge of their screen and slide their finger to the left slightly. Now tap or click on the Settings Charm.

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Tap or click on the Change PC Settings button at the bottom of the fly out menu.

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Tap or click on PC and Devices. It’s the option at the top of the menu on the left side of your screen.

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Tap or click on the Typing option. It’s the fifth option from the bottom of your screen on left.

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Now you can tap or click on the switch labeled Auto Correct Misspelled Words. From this point on, Windows 8.1 will alert you when you’ve misspelled something, however it won’t use its dictionary to auto correct anything you type. As such, you’ll know when you’ve misspelled something and you can right-click on it to choose which word it should be. It’s a nice middle ground between having Windows 8.1 auto correct your words into something they aren’t and still knowing when you’ve made a mistake.

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You can disable misspelling notifications by tapping or clicking on the switch labeled Highlight misspelled words.

Happy typing without interference.

 

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