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AutoCorrect Your Common Typos
Some typos and spelling errors are never graced by the red zigzag. That’s because Word quickly
fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors on the fly. The AutoCorrect feature does it, and
you have to be quick to see it.
Understanding AutoCorrect
There’s nothing to using AutoCorrect; it happens automatically. In Word, try to type the word
mispell. You can’t! Word uses AutoCorrect and suddenly you see misspell.
Most commonly misspelled words can be found in AutoCorrect’s repertoire: acomodate, suposed,
recieve, and so on. Try a few. See whether you can baffle Word!
In addition to fixing spelling errors, AutoCorrect helps you enter special characters. For example,
type (C) and AutoCorrect properly inserts the © copyright symbol. Ditto for (TM) for the
trademark. Typing -- > is translated into an arrow, and even :) becomes a happy face.
Beyond spelling, AutoCorrect fixes certain common punctuation. It automatically capitalizes the
first letter of a sentence. AutoCorrect capitalizes I when you forget to, properly capitalizes the
names of days, fixes the iNVERSE cAPS lOCK pROBLEM, plus other common typos.
Undoing an AutoCorrect correction
You can reverse AutoCorrect instant changes, but only when you’re quick. The secret is to press
Ctrl+Z (the Undo command) immediately after AutoCorrect makes its correction. The change is
gone.
When AutoCorrect fixes a word, a blue rectangle appears under the first letter. That’s your
key to access AutoCorrect options and change the way AutoCorrect behaves: Point the mouse at the
rectangle to see a button, which you can then click to see various AutoCorrect options, as shown in
Figure 7-2 .
Figure 7-2: Adjusting an Auto-Correction.
Here are your options:
 
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