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As you start to enter text, there are several options to assist you with spelling and grammar. Let us take a quick look at what those are. If you use a lot of the tools on your Mac normally, you are already use to how the Mac OS will attempt to fix errors for you. Notice that by right clicking here, I could choose Spelling and Grammar. You can also access that with a Ctrl+Click. I generally leave the option to Correct Spelling Automatically turned on. This means if I misspelled a word, my Mac will try to fix it for me.
For example, as I type the word street here with the third E, it suggested the word street and automatically switched. Let us see that again. See, it auto corrected. Now, in this case, I misspelled a word that it did not know. Your computer is only so smart, it will attempt to guess the word logically based on what you have typed in, looking for words that are very, very close.
However, if you don't give it enough information, sometimes there is a need for manual intervention. In this case, you could see that the word is underlined. Let us make this caption just a little bigger so it is easier to see. Now, I went for the word music, I definitely spelled it wrong, by right-clicking here, I could go and tell it to either Look it Up or Search. It also attempts to suggest what it thinks is right and I could change that although, in this case, I did not want the ' (apostrophe), so I just modify it.
Notice that words that are misspelled will get underlined in red. You also have the ability while working here to invoke Global Commands, so by right-clicking, you can go ahead and choose to Check the Document Now, and it will go through and search the entire document for any spelling errors. Now in this case, I didn't have any, so that was the good news, but I generally use the options to Check Spelling While Typing and automatically fix things as I go. If you would like it to check grammar, this is one more check it could do, and remember that is Off by default.
The Grammar check will then look through and try to find words that it thinks are a little bit off. So, if I type a word that's close, but not exactly right, we can adjust. Notice I right-clicked on a word and it tells me, largish, considerable or relatively great size, and that is fine. I could choose other options here, but in reading that, that seems a bit grandiose, so I will just choose the simpler one of large, and will change that.
So, you have got Assistive Tools to make you sound a bit smarter, and after all, that's what computers were invented for, to take the hard tasks and make them easier. I have got a dictionary right up my fingertips, I have got an assistant that looks for misspelled words and bad grammar, and it makes it easy to fix things, so I do not send that book off and get it printed with 15 typographical errors.
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