When you misspell a word, Global Autocorrect immediately corrects any mistakes. You don't even have to stop typing while it does this - it's just as if you had spelled the word right in the first place.
How Global Autocorrect Works
Global Autocorrect corrects your spelling in three different ways (though you won't notice which one it's using)
- Intelligent correction: If you spell a word phonetically - e.g. "telefone" instead of "telephone", the word will be corrected, (even if you have never typed that misspelling before).
- Factory correction: Global Autocorrect has a bank of common misspellings, so if you make one of these the word will be corrected.
- Custom correction: Global Autocorrect lets you add your own auto-corrections for words you tend to misspell.
- The program works wherever you are typing, (when using Word, writing emails, using Facebook and so on).
- Global Autocorrect won't correct every word - it will only change misspelled words when it is completely sure which word you meant to type.
Auto Correction and Spell-Checkers
Spell checkers are important, but they don't solve the problem of misspellings. Correcting misspelled words can slow you down and break your train of thought; imagine that you had to type a hundred words but after every fifth word you were interrupted with a maths problem. Even if you had a calculator to hand it would get frustrating pretty quickly!
One strategy is to avoid checking your spellings until the end of the document - you can even turn off the red underline feature in Word. However, some people, (like me!), have to spell-check as they go along, or they don't find it easy to spot errors when they go back over things. So even if you have a good spell checker, auto-correction can be a great tool.
Get the most from Global Autocorrect!
You can use Global Autocorrect without ever having to think about it, as it corrects your spellings in the background. However, the way to get the most out of the program is to add new auto corrections to it as you go - that way the program becomes tailored to the kinds of misspellings you make.
Here's what I do:
If I type a word that is misspelled I ask myself "was that my best shot at spelling that word?". If it was the best I could do at that point, then I'm likely to misspell it again sometime.
I select the word and press F2 to open Global Autocorrect. Then I pick the right spelling and tell the program to correct to that spelling from now on, (this can be undone anytime).
Pretty soon, the number of spellings you'll have to correct yourself will fall dramatically!