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Change hidden capitalization settings in iWork '06 Apps
Occasionally, when I am writing something in either Pages or Keynote, I use the word "may" (not meaning the month), but Pages / Keynote automatically reformats it to "May." Since I believe it to be more of a hassle to change "May" to "may," especially since I rarely write may meaning the month, I wanted to get rid of the automatic 'correction' that Keynote and Pages make.

For Keynote, control-click on the Keynote application (in the iWork '06 folder) and choose Show Package Contents. When the new window opens, navigate into Contents -> Frameworks -> SFWordProcessing.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources -> English.lproj, and then open the file named AutoCorrect.plist. If you use Property List Editor (default), then click on the triangle for Root, then the triangle for capitalizationDictionary, and change whichever values you want.

For Pages, do the same Show Package Contents bit, then navigate to Contents -> Frameworks -> SFWordProcessing.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources -> English.lproj, and again open AutoCorrect.plist. Then proceed as you did with the Keynote file. In both cases, remember to save your changes.

Note that many of the text replacements are in the file AutoCorrect.plist, whereas most of the symbol replacements (e.g. replacing ... with an ellipse, or (c) with ©) are, for Pages, part of the preferences file in your preferences folder -- because these items are editable within Pages. Keynote, however, lacks the auto-correction tab in its preferences. Thus, Keynote's preferences file does not contain these corrections. It's curious that Apple opted to keep some entries hidden from the preferences in Pages, and bury them in a property list file deep in the application. All the corrections, in my opinion, should be visible from within Pages' and Keynote's preferences.

[robg adds: You'll only see this effect if you've enabled Fix capitalization in the Auto-Correction tab of Pages' preferences. Keynote, as far as I can tell, has no GUI method of enabling automatic capitalization fixes -- so I'm not sure why they bothered to include the table. On both of my machines, Keynote 3 doesn't do any capitalization fixes. I did, however, find a way to enable this feature, and that's covered in this hint.]
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Change hidden capitalization settings in iWork '06
Authored by: CatMac on Apr 14, '06 08:27:59AM

Thanks - the may/May thing has been annoying me ever since I upgraded to iWork 06!

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Change hidden capitalization settings in iWork '06
Authored by: Deut3221 on Apr 14, '06 11:21:24AM


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Authored by: jjjjs on Apr 14, '06 07:39:00PM
Thanks very much for this. I'd really like to fix this about Pages, since it's such a pain to have 'may' permanently capitalized, but I'm not at all tech-savvy and having some issues.

When I open the AutoCorrect.plist file, it opens in OmniOutliner as an Untitled file. I can successfully make the 'may/May' change, but can't save the file with a plist extension. OmniOutliner says that it's only possible to save it with an .003 extension (or, alternately, with an .003 AND .plist extension). I do not know what this means so I've just left it alone!

I tried to save the file as an OmniOutliner file, later renaming it to AutoCorrect.plist and replacing the existing AutoCorrect file in Pages. The Mac warned me that changing the extension might make the new file unusable, and sure enough, it didn't work. I've replaced the original AutoCorrect.plist file so everything is back to the way it was in the beginning.

Is there any way to save the original AutoCorrect.plist file with its original extension, or a way to open it in OmniOutliner without it opening as a new file (Untitled)? Thanks for any hints!

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Install Dev Tools to Edit AutoCorrect.plist
Authored by: ex2bot on Apr 14, '06 08:34:10PM

You can install the developer tools, which you can find on your system DVD. I think it is contained in its own installer package.

Once you do that, you'll have the .plist editor.


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Install Dev Tools to Edit AutoCorrect.plist
Authored by: jjjjs on Apr 16, '06 12:56:03AM

Ah! Thank you!

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