How do you set correction preferences in Scrivener? Laura Bergells demonstrates the differences between the various correction preferences within the Scrivener settings.
- [Instructor] Okay, confession time. Generally, I don't like using autocorrect, but when it comes to repeatedly writing long or hard to spell words, I might want to dive into Scrivener's correction preferences to make some adjustments. I'll start by clicking on Scrivener and then selecting Preferences. Under Corrections, I'll review my options. If I know I'm going to be writing many long or hard to spell words throughout a project, I'll check all my choices under Auto-Correction, especially correct spelling errors as you type.
The others, Fix capitalization of sentences, Capitalize I, Superscript ordinances. Well, personally, I do find these kind of handy so I might want to leave them checked on. And further, you can see I have other options to chose under the headings of Punctuation, Data-Detection and Auto-Completion. Which options do I think you should choose? Well, that depends on both your project and your preferred way of working. Some of the choices that drive me bonkers, will be the ones that you love the most and vice versa.
For example, I don't like using smart quotes so I turn them off. If it's up to my client, I do what they wish, and as for you, you may love seeing smart quotes when you type. Do what works for you. Data-detection, for me, this depends on the project. Turning on Data-Detection, for example, will automatically create hotlinks to live web addresses. For some projects, that's useful, and for others, it's annoying. Once again, you've got to do what works for your project.
And lastly, let's discuss Auto-Completion. This let's you see a near constant stream of words as you write. Personally, I find it really distracting, and it drives me crazy, but you, you might love it. Do what works for you. I really advise going into your Correction Preferences and exploring the options that suit both your project and your personal style. Some features sound great in theory, but when it comes to actually using them, you might be happier turning them off.
Next, you'll want to go into Edit and then Spelling and Grammar. Make sure Check Spelling While Typing and Check Grammar with Spelling are turned on. At this point, if you'd like, you can run a manual spell check. Go into your document, right click, select Spelling and Grammar and then select Show Spelling and Grammar. You'll be guided through each possible error, one by one.
You can chose to Change, Find Next, Ignore, Learn, Define, and Guess. Let's change that and that error. I messed up this word so badly Scrivener couldn't even hazard a guess as to what it was. I will change it by clicking in and typing in the correct word. Go ahead and set your correction preferences. Try running a manual spelling and grammar check, and if you use made up words or proper names, go ahead and add them to Scrivener's dictionary so they won't get flagged as spelling errors.
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