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Has Autocorrect ever truly embarrassed you?

Here are some autocorrect tips you need to know in order to avoid potential disasters. Even if you don’t have a horror story with an autocorrect mishap, you’ve probably still had irritations with the system on your smartphone or tablet.

The Techexchange Team utilizes autocorrect on our iPhones and iPads and we have decided to give you some useful tips in order to know how to manage autocorrect and use it to your advantage.

It is important to know that you can cancel corrections either as they’re happening or just after. When you’re typing a word, and the autocorrect thinks it should be something else, it will highlight the word and suggest the new one in the middle of the QuickType bar. Tap the option in quote marks to keep what you’ve typed. If you realise it’s corrected a word after typing, just tap backspace to delete into the word and retype autocorrect won’t kick in again unless you drastically change the word. When you fix autocorrect’s changes, the dictionary learns your new words, so it won’t bug you for corrections next time.

You can also turn autocorrect off: Settings > General > Keyboard. To reset your autocorrect dictionary: Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

Here are some helpful TechTips:

1. Teach TextExpander There’s a great but little-used feature in iOS called TextExpander, which enables you to set ‘shortcuts’ for longer messages Apple’s example is that you can just type ‘omw’ and it autocorrects to ‘On my way’. This system ties into the general autocorrect system, so we can use it to make some cunning tweaks. To begin, tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

2. Specific Replacements If you’ve accidentally made autocorrect learn a common mistake that it should be correcting (such as ‘youre’), you can fix it with TextExpander. Tap the + sign (top right), and in the Phrase field, enter the correct word. In the Shortcut field, type in the one that you got wrong before. Tap Save, and now when you write the latter, it changes to the former.

3. Manually Add Words If you want to add words to autocorrect’s library in advance, use TextExpander. Add a new shortcut, and type the word you want into the Phrase field, with capitalisation as you want it. Don’t put anything in the Shortcut field. Save this, and the word is effectively added to your autocorrect dictionary. To remove an entry in the shortcuts list, swipe it to the left and tap Delete.

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