There’s no I in autocorrect
I use Apple’s Mail app because I like its usability and simplicity. However, when typing emails and using an ‘i’ singularly, the letter is always typed in lowercase. Mail fails to autocorrect the letter to uppercase.
If you use Outlook on Mac or PC, it does this for you. I know it’s very minor, but after years of typing, training yourself to hit ß+I seems alien and a backwards step in speed and efficiency. I have tried advanced settings and contacted Apple support and they tell me it can’t be done. Neil White
No easy way, that’s for sure. You can’t use the automatic substitution feature in the Keyboard preferences pane because it requires at least two characters in the text to be replaced, and doesn’t allow spaces.
Enabling ‘Correct spelling automatically’ doesn’t seem to help because it allows all single characters to escape the spell check. And it’s no use editing your local dictionary file because this only contains a list of words that the spell checker should ignore, rather than words it should specifically try to correct. The best free way I can come up with is to use Automator to create a service that finds and replaces within Mail to swap ‘i ‘ with ‘I ‘, assign it a keyboard shortcut and get into the habit of running it before you send every email. But this hardly seems any better than training yourself to hold ß.
If you are willing to pay for this capability, in more than just Mail, Typinator (about £18, ergonis.com) provides it.
You can use Automator to correct almost anything, but beware of encouraging bad typing habits!