How do I add dictionaries to dictionaries

Set up automatic correction and add words to your spelling dictionary in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Automatically check spelling on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, set up automatic text substitutions, add words to the spelling dictionary, and much more.

Set up automatic correction

Activate the automatic correction on your device:

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open a document in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote and tap the More button. Then tap on "Settings" and then on "Auto-Correction".
  • On the Mac, from the Pages, Numbers, or Keynote menu bar, choose [app name]> Preferences, then choose Auto Correction.

The auto-correction settings let you customize how Pages, Numbers, and Keynote handle spelling and formatting by turning the options available to you on and off. The options available include:

  • Automatic list recognition
  • Automatic detection of web and email links
  • Automatic detection of telephone connections
  • Applying link styles
  • Superscript numeric suffixes
  • Formatting fractions
  • Use smart quotes, which replace single and double straight quotes with typographic or your own style of quotation marks (Mac only)

If you use the iCloud Keychain, the settings selected in each app apply to all of your Apple devices on which you are logged into your iCloud account.

Some options may also be available in other menus in iWork. Changing a setting in another menu will also change your auto-correction settings. Some iWork settings are similar to other settings on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. In most cases, the settings selected in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote override the system settings on your device.

Set up custom text substitutions

With Text Replacement, you use shortcuts to write common phrases. When you enter the shortcut in your document, it is automatically replaced with the corresponding phrase.

In the auto-correction settings for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you can set text replacement specifically for use in each app.

Set up custom text substitutions on your iPhone or iPad

  1. With a document open, tap the More button.
  2. Tap on "Settings".
  3. Tap on "Auto Correct".
  4. Make sure Replace Text is checked, then tap Substitute List.
  5. Tap the Add button
    • Under "Text", enter the text to which the text entered under "Short form" should be changed (e.g. "©").
    • Under "Shortcut", enter the text with which you want to trigger the replacement (e.g. "(c)").

In this example, the string "(c)" changes to "©" every time you type it in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote.

Set up custom text substitutions on Mac

  1. Open the settings for the automatic correction.
  2. Under "Replacement", make sure "Symbol and Text Replacement" is checked, then click the Add button.
    • Under "Replace", enter the text with which you want to trigger the replacement (e.g. "(c)").
    • Under "By", enter the text to which the text entered under "Replace" should be changed (e.g. "©").

In this example, the string "(c)" changes to "©" every time you type it in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote.

Undo text replacement

If Pages, Numbers, or Keynote is replacing the text and you want to restore the text you entered, press Command-Z on your keyboard or tap the Undo key

Use automatic correction with other languages

Auto-proofreading is available for languages ​​that have spell-check settings on your Mac. To see these languages, choose System Preferences> Keyboard> Text, then click the Spelling pop-up menu. Click Configure to learn how to add spell check dictionaries for additional languages. Automatic correction is not available for all languages ​​on the iPhone or iPad.

Add words to the spelling dictionary

When Pages, Numbers, or Keynote doesn't know a word, it underlines the word with a dotted red line. You can add the word to the dictionary on your device used by iWork and other apps to have the word recognized and included in the spell check:

  • On your iPad or iPhone, tap the underlined word, then tap Learn Spelling (you may need to tap Replace first).
  • On your Mac, Control-click the word and select "Learn Spelling."

In Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on the Mac, you can also choose Ignore Spelling if you want the app to stop marking that word as misspelled. To add, edit, or remove the words in the Ignored Words list from your iWork app, choose Pages> Preferences, choose Auto Correction, then click Ignored Words. Click the Add (+) or Remove (-) buttons to add or remove words. Or click on a word to edit its spelling.

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