Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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AutoFormatting in Word
Getting Things Right
As Figure 4-7 shows, Word turns on most of its AutoFormat options by default.
Here’s what they do:
• Replace as you type. This section contains the following replacements:
— "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes.” Instead of quotation marks that
look like two small vertical lines, this option inserts curly quotation marks
that curve toward the word they precede or follow.
— Fractions (1/2) with fraction character (½). Type a common fraction as a
number, followed by a slash, followed by another number, and Word inserts
a single-character fraction instead.
— *Bold* and _italic_ with real formatting. If you surround some text with
asterisks, Word changes the text to boldface. Putting underline characters
before and after text makes it italic. (This option is normally turned off, so
turn on the checkbox if you want to activate it.)
— Internet and network paths with hyperlinks. With this option on,
whenever you type a web address (like www.google.com ), Word inserts a
hyperlink to that address into the text. So a reader who’s connected to the
Internet can Ctrl-click the link to open the web page. And if you publish the
document as a blog post or web page, its links are already live.
— Ordinals (1st) with superscript. If you’d rather write “1 st ” than “1st,” then
leave this checkbox turned on to add superscript formatting to the letters.
— Hyphens (--) with dash (—). Back in the days of typewriters, two hyphens
did the same job as a dash, and a typesetter would convert the hyphens into
a dash as part of the publication process. Word plays typesetter for you,
automatically converting two hyphens in a row into a single dash.
• Apply as you type. This section lists autoformatting that lets you create lists,
horizontal lines, and tables by simply typing, without hitting buttons on the
— Automatic bulleted lists. This option creates a bulleted list whenever you
begin a new line by typing an asterisk (*), hyphen (-), or closing angle
bracket (>) followed by a space or a tab.
Tip: If you create a bulleted list using this method, press Enter twice to end the list.
— Border lines. When this option is active, you can draw a specific style of
horizontal line by going to a new line and typing three of the following
characters one right after another and then pressing Enter:
Tildes (~) create a wavy line.