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Word Tip: How to Change AutoCorrect and AutoFormatting

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Have you ever noticed that Microsoft Word automatically changes the font when you type a fraction? How about changing hyphens into dashes? These are both options within the "AutoCorrect" settings in Word. These can be helpful for some typists, but for others, it can be annoying. The above examples are within the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab within AutoCorrect.

You have the power to change these options. Follow the steps below to change AutoCorrect and AutoFormatting in Word.

For versions prior to Word 2007, click on the "Tools" menu and select "AutoCorrect Options" from the menu.

In Word 2007 & 2010, click on the "Office" button in the upper left corner of the window and click on the "Word Options" button in the lower right portion of the window. Once the "Options" window opens, click "Proofing" on the left menu, then select the "AutoCorrect Options" button at the top of the screen.

In Word 2007 & 2010, click on the "File" menu "Backstage View" and then select "Options." Click on the "Proofing" menu and select the "AutoCorrect Options" button.

Now that you have opened the "AutoCorrect Options" dialog, it is time to make your selections.
In this window, you are able to check or uncheck the items you wish Word to format automatically. Using the examples above, click on the "AutoFormat As Your Type" tab. If you do not want Word to reformat fractions, uncheck the "Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (1/2)" in the "Replace as you type" section. If you do not want hyphens changed to dashes, uncheck the "Hyphens (- -) with dash (―)" option.

Continue making any selections you want and click on the "OK" button to save your changes.

Also located in the "AutoCorrect" dialogue is the "AutoCorrect" options. Click on the "AutoCorrect" tab to make your selections.

Within the "AutoCorrect" tab, Word provides an area for you to make your own selections. Let's say you always type the word "always" as "awlays." As a default, Word knows to correct the spelling of this word. However, there may be words that you mistype which Word does not recognize and will not automatically correct. Simply type the word how you mistype it in the "Replace" field. Then, correctly spell the word in the "With" field.

Continue adding corrections by clicking on the "Add" button just below the section.

Once you have made all of your selections, click on the "OK" button to save your changes.

I've shown a few examples, but now you see it is very easy to change AutoFormatting in Word. Practice and you may find it helps speed up your typing.

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