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How to enable or disable spell check, word prediction and correction with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

BB10 Keyboard
By James Richardson on 20 Feb 2014 02:39 pm EST

It's common knowledge that typing on a BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard is without doubt a whole lot better than on other operating systems. With the ability to have words predicted and a simple upwards swipe placing that word in your message it once again takes being productive to a whole new level. 

For hardware keyboard users we clearly don't have the swipe option, but BlackBerry 10 still learns from the words we use and can predict what you are going to type. It will place the options at the base of the display, so they are still to hand. 

Some users may choose to have spell check and these predictions turned off, although I can't think why. I'm pretty sure that by default when you get your new BlackBerry 10 smartphone the predictions will not be enabled so here's a quick guide to getting things set up and making life as easy as possible for you when it comes to banging out a message/tweet/status update etc. 

Predictions and Corrections:

  • Open settings
  • Select Language and Input
  • Select Predictions and Corrections
  • Toggle on/off Predictions

You'll also see that you will have further options for auto-correct with the Space Bar, Word Substitutions which are fully customizable, Auto-Capitalize, Period Shortcut and Learn New Words. All of these options can be switched off if you so desire. 

Spell Check:

  • Open settings
  • Select Language and Input
  • Select Spell Check
  • Toggle on/off Spell Check, Ignore Acronyms, Ignore Case and Ignore Words with Numbers

So as you can see, BlackBerry 10 has a whole host of options when it comes to personalizing your typing experience. It doesn't get much better than that! 


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How to enable or disable spell check, word prediction and correction with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

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Thanks for spreading the word.

At first I found predictive word function awkward. By positioning my thumbs higher on the Q10, I now find that the predictive word function helps my spelling!!!

I can still type faster than the predictive touch method. But, when it comes to finding a correct spelling the predictions save me from embarrassing myself more than necessary.

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James this is very Good , I knew this but many many many don't so this is helpful will forward

Your best line reviewing old Bold phones " Cheap as Chips " !!!

Ever since I upgraded to 10.2.1 on my verizon Z10, it stopped "learning" words, and it forgot all the learned words from before....does anyone else have this issue? I checked that the learn new words is toggled on...

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I need to know if there's any issues with instant preview in BBM

After installing 10.2.1 instant preview is working with all other like text, Facebook or Foursquare but NO with BBM and that is odd... Already checked the notification in settings and the instant preview indide the BBM settings.

Please help, thanks in advance!!

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You can "Clear Learnt Words", but that will clear the whole cache.

I wish somehow, you could clear them selectively. Sometimes auto-correct and predictions reveal what you have been typing previously and that way can leak data and NAMES. Being able to delete them would be helpful.

On the other hand, seeing the whole list of new learnt words is like a dictionary of your conversations. If BlackBerry implements this, please at least secure it with the device passwords. (And not because of cheating spouses only, even business use and confidentiality would mandate this)

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Indeed. The other day the keyboard suggested my BlackBerry account password when I was typing a word that stated with the same two letters. Like, WTH is that about, BlackBerry?

I have also found that even with spell check suggestions it is CONSTANTLY replacing perfectly spelled words with the wrong damned words... Also, it seems dumber now, suggesting the worst possible versions of long word on the swipe words, such that I have to type the whole word...

I think I will wipe it. Was not so annoying when I first got it in December.

Magnificently composed using CB10 on my BB Z10!

Have this ominous feeling that there will be a day of reckoning and that data theft will become huge in the coming years.

I'm sure there are a few Chinese and Russian generals with a huge smile on their face at this news.

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Does anyone know how to make an I automatically capitalise when I am typing. It is very frustrating to have to hold it down to capitalise it. I have tried everything.

You have to have "Auto-Correct with Spacebar" active, as well as

i -> I

under Word Substitution. Hope that helps.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Did you mess with the settings or had a software update recently? That could explain it. The phone should be set to do that right from the start.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Not implemented yet, as far as I am aware. See my reply above.

Yes, that behaviour can leak information. And can be embarrassing if you are a porn user or "sexting". (Neither applies to me)

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

I'm finding after I use a app loaded from snap so not a native app it automatically switches off all of my prediction selection and even spell check? Anyone else finding this? I have to keep going back in and selecting them on?

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I seem to remember either my Torch or my Curve, or maybe both, spell checking on send, where it would go word by word and ask if you wanted to replace -- that was much better than the correct-as-you-go function, which I find sometimes leads to embarrassing errors (especially in the names of the addressees). Is the check-on-send function an option on BB10? I haven't been able to find it, if it is.

This whole area is broken on 10.2.1. Depending on what you're using (Android apps I'm guessing) or maybe if you switch languages too often, then kaboom, you can't modify language settings, can't change language, ec. you need to reboot to get it to work again.

The Q5 and Q10 with hardware keyboards still have the swipe up feature i have my Z10 set to display words in a line along the top of the keyboard like the Q devices as i find it much easier to use. I had a Q5 before my Z10 and for Txting etc it is amazing i would imagine the Q10 would be even better. I love my Z10 but in a lot of ways i preferred the Q5, i was broken hearted when it fell into my labradors water it still works ok but the touch screen won't respond making it totally unusable. :( back to the point they still have the swipe up!

Tapping and flicking on my Zed 10

Sorry i just remembered although the words come up the same as my Z10 you don't swipe but tap instead. It was easier to to use than the Z10 which you swipe!

Tapping and flicking on my Zed 10

How can I get it to "forget" words it's learned? I've got a bunch of words that are project specific to a project I've been working on for several months, but the project is almost over and I won't be using those anymore.

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