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How To Disable Autocorrect In Windows 10 UWP Apps

Windows 10 has autocorrect built-in at the OS level. Unlike the autocorrect feature in MS Office, this autocorrect works in all UWP apps and mimics autocorrent and predictive text in iOS and Android. The only problem is that isn’t as good as the autocorrect on either one of the two mobile operating systems. The autocorrect may fix words but it’s always guessing at best. The corrections are often ones that users can do with out. If you find autocorrect in Windows 10 isn’t useful, you can disable it.

Disable Autocorrect In Windows 10

Autocorrect in Windows 10 is easy o turn off but a little difficult to find the setting. Open the Settings app and go to Devices. Select the Typing tab. Here you will see two options under the Spelling section; Autocorrect misspelled words, and Highlight misspelled words.

The Autocorrect misspelled words option is what you need to turn off to disable autocorrect in Windows 10. Windows 10 will continue to highlight misspelled words with a squiggly red line under them. To disable this highlight, turn the Highlight misspelled words option.

Autocorrect works only in UWP apps like Skype. In some UWP apps like Slack, the autocorrect function doesn’t work and only the highlight feature works.

Autocorrect doesn’t work in Win32 apps. Apps like Chrome and Firefox have their own built-in spell check that will highlight misspelled words and disabling the OS spellcheck and autocorrect will not turn it off. This isn’t just limited to browsers; other apps like the MS Office suite have their own built-in spellcheck which works independently of OS feature. It will still work even after you disable autocorrect in Windows 10.

Other Typing Options

Autocorrect and spellcheck aren’t the only typing options that Windows 10 has. It also has predictive text though it isn’t enabled by default. You can enable it from the same Settings panel under Devices>Typing. Like the autocorrect feature, the predictive text isn’t that great.

The one useful feature it does have is that you can turn on an option to automatically add a period/full stop when you double-tap the space bar. Again, this will only work in UWP apps which is a shame. It’s a pretty useful feature and most users might find it useful in Win32 apps. If you would like to add a period in Win32 apps by double-tapping the space bar, you can use an AHK script to get it. It works far more reliably than the Windows 10 feature and it will work in both UWP apps and Win32 apps.

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