Some of the new features in OS X Lion are noticeable when you type or edit text. A handy dandy new feature in Lion is that ability to autocorrect text. This feature should be familiar with those of you who use it on their cell phones and smartphones. I’m sure some of you think this is a blessing while others think of it a curse. Autocorrect has that ability to totally mess up your sentence and make it sound totally different. There are several websites that celebrate all the bloopers autocorrect makes.
So how does autocorrect in Lion work? When the system detects a possibly misspelled word, it offers a suggestion below that word. If that is indeed the correct word, you can select that. If it isn’t, you can just press the small x at the right side of the pop-up window or press the Esc key.
If you hate autocorrect, then you can deactivate it. Open your Systems Preferences and select the Language and Text preference pane. Once the window pops up, select the Text tab and uncheck the autocorrect box.
Another typing tool is the Characters menu that allows you to insert characters and symbols to your document. A new feature is to add Apple Emoji characters, colored emoticons that make your chats and other text look so much cooler. To access and use the Emoji, select the Characters palette from the menu of your application. Scroll down until you reach Emoji. The emoticons are sorted according to type.