How to Stop Automatically Capitalizing Words in Google Docs

Capitalization in Google Docs occurs the same way that is does in many other programs. You can press the Caps Lock key and make everything capital, or you can hold the Shift key as you type a letter. But you might find that Google Docs capitalizes some letters on its own, so you may be wondering how to turn off this auto capitalization in Google Docs.

Many word processing applications include features that are meant to assist you in creating and editing your documents. Some of these features will immediately correct mistakes that are commonly made, such as improper capitalization of certain words.

Unfortunately this automatic capitalization can be a problem when you don’t want to capitalize certain words, so you might be looking for a way to get that behavior to stop. Our guide below will show you where to find the setting in Google Docs that controls the automatic capitalization of words so that you can turn it off and prevent it from occurring.

Google Docs – Turn Off Auto Capitalization

  1. Open a Google Docs file.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Choose Preferences.
  4. Uncheck Automatically capitalize words, then click OK.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to stop Google Docs from automatically capitalizing words, including pictures of these steps.

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How to Turn Off Automatic Capitalization in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the browser version of the Google Docs application.

By completing the steps below you will be changing a setting in Google Docs that causes the program to automatically capitalize certain types of words.

Once these steps are completed that capitalization will no longer occur. In Google Docs the steps below are going to affect the auto capitalization for all future documents that you open or create.

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Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and open a Google Docs file.

Step 2: Click the Tools link at the top of the window.

click the tools link

Step 3: Select the Preferences option at the bottom of the menu.

open google docs preferences

Step 4: Click the box to the left of Automatically capitalize words to remove the check mark. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save and apply your changes.

how to turn off automatic capitalization in google docs

This Preferences menu contains a handful of other options that you might want to adjust as well. For example, not everyone likes it when Google Docs turns a Web page address into a link automatically. If you don’t want to create clickable links whenever you type a URL, you might wish to uncheck the “Automatically detect links” box, too.

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