How to Stop Automatically Capitalizing Words in Google Docs

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Google Docs has a handy feature that automatically capitalizes the first letter of sentences and proper nouns as you type. This can save you time and effort as you write. However, some users find the automatic capitalization annoying or unnecessary. Fortunately, Google Docs allows you to easily turn this feature on or off.

When Automatic Capitalization Can Be Problematic

Here are some cases when you may want to disable automatic capitalization in Google Docs:

  • Writing in all caps: If you need text to appear in all uppercase letters for emphasis, automatic capitalization will mess this up.
  • Using unconventional capitalization: Some proper names and titles don’t follow standard capitalization rules. Automatic capitalization won’t recognize these cases.
  • Importing text: Text pasted or imported into Docs may end up with unintended capital letters.
  • Writing code or markup: Code, HTML, XML and other markup languages can break when capitalized incorrectly.
  • Creating unique text effects: Automatic capitalization limits creative use of capital letters for text effects.

How to Turn Off Automatic Capitalization

Turning off automatic capitalization in Google Docs is simple:

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools > Preferences in the menu.
  3. Uncheck the box next to Automatically capitalize words.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Automatic capitalization is now disabled for that Google account. Text you type will appear exactly as typed, with no automatic adjustments to capital letters.

Apply Changes Only to Specific Documents

The capitalization setting affects all documents associated with your Google account. If you want to disable auto-capitalize for only certain documents, use these steps instead:

  1. Open the document.
  2. Click Tools > Preferences in the menu.
  3. Uncheck Automatically capitalize words and click OK.
  4. Repeat for other specific documents as needed.

Enable Automatic Capitalization Again

To re-enable automatic capitalization in Google Docs:

  1. Open Tools > Preferences
  2. Check the box for Automatically capitalize words
  3. Click OK to save changes

Google Docs will now adjust capitalization automatically as you type.

Why Google Docs Auto-Capitalizes Text

Google Docs automatically capitalizes the first letter of sentences and proper nouns to:

  • Save you time: You don’t have to worry about capitalizing properly.
  • Improve readability: Consistent capitalization makes text easier to read.
  • Enhance professionalism: Properly capitalized documents appear cleaner and more polished.
  • Help prevent errors: It’s easy to accidentally leave caps lock on, for example.

However, as discussed above, automatic capitalization can sometimes do more harm than good depending on what you’re writing. Thankfully, Google Docs lets you override the default behavior when needed.

Auto-Capitalization on Mobile Devices

The auto-capitalize setting in Google Docs only applies to the web interface. On mobile devices, automatic capitalization is controlled at the operating system level:

On iOS: Settings > General > Keyboard > turn off Auto-Capitalization

On Android: Settings > System > Languages & Input > Virtual keyboard > Text correction > turn off Auto-capitalization

So if you disable auto-caps on your phone or tablet, it will apply to Google Docs as well as other apps.

Why You May Want to Leave Automatic Capitalization Enabled

While automatic capitalization isn’t right for every situation, there are good reasons you may want to keep it turned on:

  • It can save you a lot of time if you write long-form documents.
  • Your documents will be more readable with consistent use of caps.
  • Turning it off means you need to remember to capitalize properly yourself.
  • For most general writing purposes, auto-capitalize works great.

So assess your own needs. If you find yourself needing to override capitalization frequently, then turning it off globally or for specific documents makes sense. But otherwise, letting Google Docs handle caps for you can be beneficial.


  • Google Docs automatically capitalizes words to enhance readability.
  • This feature can be disabled in Tools > Preferences.
  • It applies only to the web interface, not the mobile app.
  • Consider leaving auto-capitalize on for general writing.
  • Turn it off when writing code, markup, or unconventional text.

Taking a minute to adjust your auto-capitalize settings in Google Docs can ensure this feature helps rather than hinders your writing.