Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Setting AutoCorrect Options
Getting Things Right
with AutoCorrect
Figure 4-5:
Use the AutoCorrect Options
button to undo corrections that you
don’t want. Click Control
AutoCorrect Options to open the
AutoCorrect dialog box (page 123).
Setting AutoCorrect Options
You can adjust what Word does and doesn’t autocorrect. If there’s a typo you make
frequently that AutoCorrect doesn’t already cover, for example, you can add the typo
and its correction to the AutoCorrect list. Or if you want to stop Word from
automatically correcting something—maybe you use (c) in lists and don’t want that
combination of characters to turn into a copyright symbol—you can do that, too.
To fine-tune your AutoCorrect settings, open the AutoCorrect dialog box: Select
File Options (Alt, F, I), select Proofing, and click the AutoCorrect Options button.
The AutoCorrect dialog box opens to the AutoCorrect tab, shown in Figure 4-6,
which gives you these options (Word has all of them turned on by default):
Show AutoCorrect Options buttons. If you don’t want the AutoCorrect Options
button (Figure 4-5) to appear when you hover the pointer over an autocorrected
word, then turn on this checkbox.
Correct TWo INitial CApitals. If you tend to type faster than you can let up on
the Shift key, this is a helpful correction. But you can turn it off by unchecking
the box.
Capitalize first letter of sentences. Basically, this tells Word to make sure that
a capital letter always follows a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
Tip: If there are cases where you want two initial caps or a lowercase letter after a period, click the
Exceptions button and tell Word what your special case is. (The next section tells you more about creating
AutoCorrect exceptions.)
 
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