Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Adjusting AutoFormat Choices
Adjusting AutoFormat Choices
To display the AutoFormat settings, on the File tab, click Options and choose Proofing in
the Word Options dialog box. Next, click the AutoCorrect Options button (the AutoCorrect
dialog box appears) then click AutoFormat.
The settings in this dialog box enable you to choose the elements Word 2010 will change
as a matter of course in your documents. Depending on the settings that are selected,
Word will automatically perform for the following:
Apply built-in heading styles, list styles, automatic bulleted lists, and other paragraph
Replace straight quotes with smart quotes, ordinals with superscript, fractions with
actual fraction characters, hyphens with dashes, *bold* and _italic_ with real
formatting, web links with hyperlinks
Preserve the styles in your document
AutoFormat plain text e-mail documents
If you want to turn off the AutoFormat feature for any of these items, simply clear the check
box for the option you want to remove. Note however that if you clear the setting (for
example “Fractions (1/2) with fraction characters ( ½ )” ) in the AutoFormat tab, it will not be
reformatted in the document, even if you click the option in the AutoFormat As You Type
Changing Options for AutoFormat As You Type
The AutoFormat As You Type tab is also found in the AutoCorrect dialog box (Alt+T+A).
You’ll notice that many of the settings are the same or similar to the ones available in the
AutoFormat tab. The difference here is that you’re controlling which of the elements will be
changed as you enter content in the document. Table 11-1 provides a description of each
setting in the AutoFormat As You Type tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.
Table 11-1 AutoFormat As You Typ e Settings
AutoFormat Setting
Description and Use
“Straight Quotes” With “Smart
Converts typed quotes and apostrophes to smart, or
curly , quotes
Fractions (1/2) With Fraction
Character (½)
Replaces full-sized typed fractions, such as 1/2, with the
fraction symbol; this only works for common fractions
such as ¼, ½, and ¾
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