Advice to Writers Using Mac

Yesterday, an email went out to a potential employer.   It was for a journalist job.    I assured the letter was error-free.   This morning, I noticed one silly mistake.   Where there was a “for” should have been an “of”.   How could this have happened?

It dawned upon me that a setting on my computer automatically corrected the spelling.   Here’s what I think occurred.   While I was in the midst of writing “of”, I typed  instead “f-o-[spacebar]”.  The computer switched the two letters.   While editing it, my eyes skipped over the “for”.

After this, I now want to see all the errors on the page.  Makes it easier to edit.  If you’re in the same boat and are using Mac Lion, here’s how you fix this:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on “Language & Text”
  3. Select the “Text” tab.
  4. Uncheck “Correct Spelling automatically

Happy writing!

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