Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
This part of the dialog box, shown in Figure 17-2 , is where all the AutoFormat options dwell.
Turning an option off or on is as easy as removing or adding a check mark.
The best way to demonstrate the AutoFormat-as-you-type concept is to have a Word document on
the screen and then type the examples in the following sections. Note that these samples
demonstrate only a few of the things AutoFormat can do.
When you find any of these tricks upsetting, see the later section, “Disabling the
@#$%&! AutoFormat.”
Smart quotes
The quote characters on the keyboard are tick marks: and . AutoFormat converts them into the
more stylish open and closed curly quotes. Type hither:
He said, “Yes, I’m being honest. I really do love
you, but the monster is coming and you broke your
ankle, and I figured that you’d understand.”
Both the single and double quotes are properly used and converted.
Real fractions
You can format a fraction by typing the first value in superscript, the slash mark, and then the
second value in subscript. Or you can let AutoFormat do it for you. Here’s an example:
I spend twice the time doing 1 2 the work.
The characters 1/2 are converted into the single character 1 2 . This trick works for some, but not all,
common fractions. When it doesn’t work, use the superscript/subscript trick described in Chapter 31 ,
in the section about building your own fractions.
Hyperlinks
Word can underline and activate hyperlinks that are typed in your document, such as
I’ve been to http://www.hell.com and back.
The website http://www.hell.com is automatically underlined, colored, and turned into an
active web page link for you. (You have to Ctrl+click to follow the link.)
Ordinals
You’re guessing wrong if you think that ordinals are a baseball team or a group of religious leaders.
They’re numbers that end in the letters st, nd, or rd, as this line demonstrates:
There were two of us in the race; I came in 1st
and Barbara came in 3rd.
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