How to Disable Smart Quotes and Dashes on Mac

by John Anderson November 30, 2019

Although smart quotes and dashes are one of the most useful features of MAC but these are very annoying when you do not want to use. So, if this feature activated by default, it can be deactivated easily in just a few steps.

However, are you searching on the internet  “How can I disable smart quotes and dashes globally on MAC?” Cheers! You’ve come to the right place!

On this page, we will describe the whole thing for you so that you can easily solve this on your MAC. We will also show you how to use them manually using keyboard shortcuts.

Please follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Open system preferences and select “Language & Text”

 

How to disable smart quotes and dashes globally on Mac

Step 2: On the “Text” tab you will find a list of substitutions.

 

How to disable smart quotes and dashes globally on Mac

 

Step 3: If you want to stop changing to (em dash), you need to use the + button and add a new rule to replace it.

Or, right-click in the text field and go to “Substitution” and deactivate “Smart Dashes”

 

How to disable smart quotes and dashes globally on Mac

Disable Smart Quotes or Dashes by Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • ALT + Key 8: Curly opening double quotes
  • ALT + Key 9: Double curly closing quotation marks
  • SHIFT + ALT + Key 8: Curly opening single quotes
  • SHIFT + ALT + Key 9: Single curly closing quotes
  • SHIFT + Key 2: Straight double quotes

 

That’s all.

 

 

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