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10.7: Spelling correction using only the keyboard Apps
After much searching, I have finally found a way to correct misspelled words without using the full Spelling interface and without using the contextual menu, as that requires using the mouse.

I use the keyboard as much as possible. I much prefer it to using the mouse. I don't claim to know all the shortcuts but the ones I know, I use all the time.

And for some time, I've been looking for a way to correct spelling for cases when auto-correct doesn't work. I thought it should have been easy to do.

The only way I knew how to do it was right-clicking the misspelled word, which brings up a contextual menu the top of which shows suggestions followed by other options such as 'Ignore spelling,' 'Learn spelling,' and so on. But this is no shortcut and requires using the mouse.

After all this time with Lion, I've finally found an answer. Yes, Lion has auto-correct, but it can be switched off or you might click Escape before it can auto-correct and now the word on the screen is misspelled.

So, here's what to do:
  • Find a nicely misspelled word.
  • Add a space at the end.
  • Now, using the arrow key, move the cursor so that it's after the last letter in the word.
  • Wait a moment.
  • You will see a list of words appear and a small grey 'x' at the end. Use the arrow keys (down, left, right) to select the word you wish to use instead and press return.

[crarko adds: I tested this in TextEdit, and it works as described.]
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10.7: Spelling correction using only the keyboard
Authored by: macnai on Feb 17, '12 08:43:30AM

I can't get this to work I'm really keen that it does - I hate using the mouse too. I've tried it every which way but nothing appears no matter where I position the cursor or who long I wait. Running 10.7.3 and tried in TextEdit and Mail.



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10.7: Spelling correction using only the keyboard
Authored by: macdsl on Feb 17, '12 09:08:36AM

Not in Mail.



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10.7: Spelling correction using only the keyboard
Authored by: Acidham on Feb 17, '12 11:36:53AM

To add to this topic: If Auto-correct changed a word that you typed use CMD+Z to undo the change.



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10.7: Spelling correction using only the keyboard
Authored by: scottbayes on Feb 17, '12 05:13:20PM

In TextEdit at least, it requires that both "Check Spelling While Typing" and "Correct Spelling Automatically" be enabled (using Edit > Spelling and Grammar menu, or make sure they're set as defaults in TextEdit Preferences before you start) for this to work.



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10.7: Spelling correction using only the keyboard
Authored by: mufty on Feb 19, '12 07:13:48PM

Worked on texedit but not inApple Mail?



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