How to Turn Off Predictive Text in Outlook

Text prediction in Outlook is a helpful feature that automatically suggests words or phrases when composing an email. However, while it helps users create their message faster, it can be annoying and distracting when consistently failing to predict the correct words. To turn off this feature in Outlook, here’s how you can do it on the desktop and web app.

Turn Off Text Predictions in Outlook Desktop App

  1. Launch Outlook Desktop. Then, go to File on the top ribbon.

    File Tab in the Outlook Desktop App
    Click on the File tab.

  2. Select Options at the bottom of the left-hand panel.

    Outlook File Options
    Select Options.

  3. Go to the Mail tab.

    Mail Tab in the Outlook Options Window
    Click on the Mail tab.

  4. Under “Compose messages,” uncheck the checkbox for Show text predictions while typing. Then, hit OK.

    Show Text Predictions While Typing Checkbox
    Uncheck Show text predictions while typing. Then, click OK.

Turn Off Text Predictions in Outlook Web App

  1. Log in to outlook.com. Then, choose the Settings icon on the top-right of the page.

    Settings Icon in Outlook Web App
    Click on the gear icon.

  2. Select View all Outlook settings.

    View all Outlook settings option
    Click on View all Outlook settings.

  3. Navigate to Compose and reply in the “Mail” tab.

    Compose and Reply Tab in Outlook Web Settings
    Click on Compose and reply.

  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Text predictions.

    Text Predictions Settings in Outlook Web
    Find the Text predictions settings.

  5. Uncheck the checkbox for Suggest words or phrases as I type. Then, click Save.

    Suggest Words or Phrases as I Type Checkbox
    Uncheck Suggest words or phrases as I type. Then, click Save.

Liam is a marketing specialist at StartMarketing.net. Based in Dublin, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2020 with a degree in Computer Science (Intelligent Systems). He has since 2021 worked for Google as a Sales and Marketing specialist, within their Dublin headquarters. Liam has over 4 years of experience in e-commerce sales, digital marketing and branding.

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