We are quite used to the typing assistance provided in our smartphones. The auto-correct functionality automatically corrects the common typing errors in real-time. However, you may not have the same feature in the physical keyboard of your laptop. This can increase your workload as you will need to recheck what you have typed and may lead to inefficiency. Whenever Windows detects a misspelled word, it just highlights the word with a red underline. But here we are mentioning how you can make use of the autocorrect functionality in your Windows laptop or desktop as well.




Windows Built-in Autocorrect

After an update that rolled back in April 2018, Windows got a built-in autocorrect-functionality that can automatically correct common typos and works with physical keyboards. Enabling the built-in autocorrect is a straightforward process; you can simply toggle it on in the Windows settings.

You need to head to the settings by pressing Win+I and then navigating to the devices section you will find Typing. The Typing menu will contain several options; you need to hover over to the Hardware Keyboard section. Now toggle the slider that says Autocorrect misspelled words I type. After enabling this, Windows will automatically rectify common typo errors. For instance, “yhe” will be corrected to “the” and “worj” will be rectified to “work.”

However, it is worth noting that this functionality is limited to making corrections to common typo errors. It would not suggest any words based on what you are typing, like Android. It will also not rectify errors of capitalization of words or adding extra letters to a word, like “croww” or “APple,” it will only show a red underline under these words.

If you are an ordinary user and minor corrections work for you, then the built-in autocorrect functionality is good enough for you. However, if you are someone who types a lot on your computer, you may need a more intensive tool to take care of your auto correction needs. Move on to the next step to know more about such third-party tools.

Using AutoHotkey Script

Autohotkey is one of the most powerful tools available for Windows that helps in automation of scripts. You can use it for many purposes; for example, you can set manual keyboard shortcuts for typing long snippets of text that are commonly used. Fortunately, you don’t have to set up the scripts manually; this is a fantastic autocorrect script for Jim Biancolo. It was released back in 2006 but is relevant to date as most of the misspelled words have remained the same throughout the years.

While you are on the autocorrect script page, press control + s to save the script to your device. Windows will, by default, save the file as a text file. What you need to do is look at the filename and change the extension from “.txt” to “.ahk.” Autohotkey makes use of AHK files for running its scripts. When you save the file correctly, the file icon will be displayed as a blank page with the capital letter H on it. You are free to save the file at any of your preferred locations, you need to double click on the script whenever you need to run it. When you double click on the script, it will start running in the background, and no new window will be opened. You’ll just see the Autohotkey icon in the bottom left of your screen.

Leaving it at this stage is not very useful as you will need to manually rerun the script by double-clicking on it every time you boot your system. What you can do is place the script in the startup folder of your system. This will automatically run the script whenever you boot your system, and you will not need to search for the script for running it over and over again. To place the script in your startup folder, you need to head over to the File Explorer and then type shell:startup in the address bar. It will take you to the location of your startup folder, where you will need to paste the AHK script file.

Using any of the above-mentioned two methods will help make your work exponentially convenient. This auto-correction facility will work throughout your Windows user experience, including your browser, email app, worksheet, or Word document.

Source : Auto correct in Windows 10