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Autocorrect is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can help you fix some of those typos you would probably miss otherwise. But it’s also a curse because sometimes it automatically corrects a word you spelled right in the first place, completely changing the meaning of your sentence in the process. That’s when autocorrect works against you. It can be annoying because you have to manually reject the auto-correction, and that’s if you catch it of course.

There are two ways to dismiss an autocorrect suggestion. There is the obvious one, which lets you use your mouse pointer to reject the autocorrection, and there is a keyboard shortcut that’s actually much quicker to use, especially when you’re currently typing.

How to reject auto-correct suggestions on Mac keyboard

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As mentioned above, we all know you can click on the little X mark next to the suggestion to reject it. But when you’re actually typing, it is a distraction to take your fingers off the keyboard to drag the mouse pointer on that suggestion.

But of course, there is a simple keyboard shortcut for that. When you see an autocorrection you don’t want, simply press the ESC key and that suggestion will be rejected. It allows you to stay focused and go on with your typing.

Simple. Maybe obvious. But sometimes the most obvious things are the ones we tend to easily forget.

  • Admin001

    Thanks for the tip

  • Admin001

    why was there only one post yesterday? the day felt long without your(all IDB team) posts

    • Slow news day!

      • Admin001


  • Philip Cratsz

    great tip thanks

  • Sigh

    The x doesn’t work for me… when i press it it autocorrects anyway. It’s infuriating…

  • Sofakingstepwit

    Good tip Seb!

  • Roger Rosato

    I press ESC and some words get the autocorrection dismissed, others correct the word automatically when I press the space key, no matter what I do. If I hold ESC, still doest work. I’m turning off autocorrection because of this…

  • rgrffn

    Unfortunately, by doing this, you run the risk of exiting out of the full screen mode of the application you are using at the time. If the user notices the autocorrect bubble pop up near the end of it’s display time, the user being used to the ESC shortcut to dismiss it may end up pressing ESC when the bubble ceases to display. This results in exiting full screen mode in almost all applications. This happens to me quite often actually.

    Ideally, the autocorrect feature is designed to enhance your typing experience. It does so by learning the words you type the most and how you spell them. I think the problem is that most users don’t take the time to use the system correctly. The system needs to learn your preferred spellings.

    There are two ways, of which I know, to inform the system of a proper (and preferred) word spelling.

    A. When the autocorrect bubble pops up…(1) dismiss it by clicking on the “x”, (2) right-click or control-click on that word (now with the red spelling error underline), (3) select “Learn Spelling” from the menu.


    B. (1) Go to System Preferences / Keyboard / Text, (2) click on the “+” sign on the bottom left of the Keyboard preferences panel, (3) in both the “Replace” and “With” fields input the word autocorrect tried to replace the exact way wanted it to appear in the first place (for enjoi put enjoi, for broski put broski)

    Get used to the habit and give it some time, and you will find yourself punching through much fewer computer screens.

  • rgrffn

    Another option to quickly dismiss autocorrection and bypass the learning system is to press the up directional key.

  • Rajesh KSV

    If its corrected automatically when you hit space, do ctrl z (not ideal hack still but better than Esc also)