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Lesson 32 of 34

Spelling & Autocorrect


Adobe InDesign CC for Beginners

Lesson 32 of 34

Spelling & Autocorrect


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Spelling & Autocorrect

Alright, some other things that we can do with our type. I'm gonna jump back over here to this guy. And one of the things we can turn on or off as we go along is the spell-check. So, we can have spell-check running consistently so that it's telling us as we go along that it doesn't recognize certain words. In this case, it doesn't recognized imagineer, prethink, and usability is actually misspelled. So, we can actually see that by these underlined letters. So let's see how and why that's turned on. And that all lives in our preferences. So, I'm gonna go under preferences, down to spelling. And I'm going to tell it what I need it to know. What I want it to look for in a spell-check. Obviously, misspelled words should be high on that list, and it should also look for repeated words. I'm often putting the the in there, and not meaning to. So, it can look for that; it can also look for uncapitalized words, based on words it knows should be capitalized, and also un-capitalize sentences. And...

I tend to have this turned off, simply because I do things like forced returns, and I do bulleted lists, where my sentence may actually start with a lower case, simply because it's a bulleted list or something. So, I don't care so much about those two. And I can turn on dynamic spelling, which is on already. And I can select a color for each of those items; misspelled words, repeated words, what color those should be underlined with. So, in this case, I can see that my misspelled words are underlined in red for me. And that's what it's doing here. It's already underlined them for me. If I want to see what's wrong with this. Why is this not working? I can double click on a word, and then right click on it. And it will tell me what I should, or suggest what I should replace that with. And in this case, usability was actually spelled wrong. And I can also decide to add that to my user dictionary if I wanted. Maybe I'll do that with the word imagineer. But I can come in here and say, yeah, this should have been usability, and I can change that. And now that red underline went away. Gonna ignore that; maybe that's a company name. Something like that; we're just gonna ignore that. But I can also run spell-check if I don't want to do it this way. This is nice because it alerts me as I type, but for me, I find it a little distracting because I have all these colored little squiggly lines under things, and I just feel like it gets in the way of my design sometimes. So, I generally have Dynamic Spelling turned off. But I'm gonna come back under here, and I'm gonna come down to that spelling and just make sure that I have everything selected that I want. So, I still want to, I want to turn off the Dynamic Spelling. And I'm going to go up instead under the Edit menu, and go down to Spelling, and choose Check Spelling. Command or Control + I is something you'll learn to run a lot, and it's going to basically do the same thing, except they put it in a nice little menu, instead of one drop down menu, it's in this nice little box here. And I'm gonna tell it that I want to search by, not selection, I want to search by this entire story. So, I selected the story, and hit story. I don't want it to search the whole document. It would just take too long. So, I'm gonna do that, and tell it start, and the first thing it's gonna say is it does not recognized this word. I have some options; I can either Skip this one instance of it, or I can say Ignore All. If I know I've used this term a lot, or maybe it's a name, like my last name, I might say Ignore All, especially, make sure it's spelled right, and then click Ignore All. Or I can go ahead and Add it to the current user dictionary, which is for me, the English USA dictionary. So, I can Add that if it's something I want to make sure never shows up as a spelling error again, I can do that. But in this case, I'm gonna say Skip, and then, it's gonna find that usability. It doesn't like that because I spelled it wrong. So, I'm gonna choose that, and I can click Change, or if I know I've misspelled it throughout, I can say, Change All. In this case, I'm probably just gonna say Change. And I'm gonna go ahead and skip that one. And I'm gonna go ahead, and maybe I would Add that to it. I'm not actually going to, but I might Add it there. This time I'm just going to Skip it. And I would probably Add that as well, because I'm gonna see that a lot in this company. So, I would Add that, and then I say Done at the end. So, that's how I can go through at the end and do it, or any time, just do a spell-check run through. So, if you like to see it as you type, turn on Dynamic Spelling. Otherwise, turn that off, and just run that as is. Alright, couple other fun little text things, and spelling things that we can do in here, is we can do Autocorrect. I'm actually going to come back into my Preferences and choose Autocorrect. And what Autocorrect does, is it has a list of commonly misspelled words. And if you're the type to misspell things in this common way, or you consistently misspell things, you can add that, add whatever you want, to your particular word list here. So, if there's something you spell wrong, put in how you're supposed to spell it in the Correction, and how you normally misspell it up here. Now, what I use this for is a shorthand dictionary. So, basically, so that I don't have to type the same thing all the time, I might have something like, InDesign, something that has to be capitalized oddly because it's an application. So, they've got this inner-cap, this D in the middle; this cap-D. And then, I might have, I might just spell out InDesign all in lower case, but I can go one step further and have a really short short-cut for that, and put qq, and that might already exist in this list, we'll have to check and see. But I can put qq or something that doesn't appear in my language, and then I know when I type qq it will automatically correct it to InDesign for me. So, I say OK, and it will just Add that. And so, when I'm typing now, if I'm in here and I'm typing along, and I say this class is about and I can put qq and space. It automatically puts in the work InDesign for me. So, again, I just use that as a keyboard short-cut, or a shorthand dictionary. I had one for a long time that I had, that had Mac OS 10, that had the right spacing, the right capitalization, you could do one if you, any, especially any tech stuff, that has all these inner-caps, and strange spelling, you could do a keyboard short-cut for that, so that it automatically types that for you. You can also use that in conjunction, one of the options is to Autocorrect the capitalization errors, as well, if you want. Again, it's just one of the ways that I use that tool.

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