Disable Google Automatic Spelling Correction

By david2 Last update Sep 23, 2013 — Installed 3,711 times.

Script Summary: Prevents Google from automatically changing your search keywords.

Version: 0.1.3

The Problem:

Google may automatically show search results for keywords it thinks you intended to enter, not the keywords you did enter. When this happens, Google will show the following text at the top of the search results page:

Showing results for [words you didn't enter]. Search instead for [words you did enter]

The Solution:

This user script prevents this behavior. Google will instead show a suggestion at the top of the search results page when it thinks you mispelled your search keywords:

Did you mean [words you didn't enter]?

If you don't want the "Did you mean" suggestion, you can hide it by installing this user style: Google Without "Did You Mean" Suggestion.


This user script only affects searches that are entered on Google's website. For example, it does not affect searches performed using Firefox's search bar or location bar. The functionality provided by this user script can be added to Firefox's location bar by following these steps:

  1. Learn about location bar search if you aren't already familiar with it.
  2. Open about:config.
  3. Search for the preference named keyword.URL.
  4. Change the value of keyword.URL to http://www.google.com/search?nfpr=1&q=. The nfpr=1 part of the URL is what prevents Google from showing search results for keywords it thinks you intended to enter.