Gmail to Auto-Correct Common Spelling Mistakes

Gmail will already highlight words you’ve accidentally misspelled with a red squiggly line. But soon, Google’s email service will auto-correct some spelling mistakes as you type using its AI-powered algorithms—for G Suite users at least.

Corrections will apply to “common spelling mistakes” users often make, Google said in a blog post. It’s rolling out now to select users, and should arrive for Gmail business users more broadly by mid-September.

“When an auto-correction takes place, we’ll temporarily underline the corrected change so you can easily identify and undo the correction if you’d like,” Google added.

The company’s email service is also getting a grammar-correcting feature, which is based on technologies already available in Google Docs. But for now, the feature is only coming to Gmail users who pay for Google’s G-Suite office programs, in addition to G-Suite education users.

Together, the new capabilities promises to help G-Suite users compose emails more quickly than before without needing to worry about mistakes, the company said. The grammar function works by placing a blue squiggly line under any incorrectly used words or phrases. You can then click on the highlighted terms and Google will suggest the proper correction.

“These capabilities can also help you write and edit with more confidence if you’re a non-native speaker,” Google said its blog post. “With our AI-first approach, you can communicate smarter and faster, without sweating the small stuff.”

For paid G-Suite users, the new features are available today if they’ve opted into the rapid release schedule. Otherwise, the features should be rolling out in the coming weeks.

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