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Recommended AutoCorrect Settings for Microsoft Word

Perhaps if you are just learning Microsoft Word, the default AutoCorrect settings are helpful, but for those of us who have been using Word or other word processors, the settings just get in the way. They create styles we don't want and formatting we don't want and make assumptions they shouldn't make.

Most of the settings under the ToolsŕOptions, AutoCorrect tab are okay. However, some people may want to turn one or two of them off because they use certain words or phrases that are changed as a result of the settings. If you continually type your company's name wrong, you can add it as an AutoCorrect option here. AutoCorrect is nothing more than a simpler version of AutoText.

Beware: Many people seem to think that the Capitalize first letter of sentences ought to work on bulleted and numbered lists, but that's not the case.

Here's where we really get into taking control away from Microsoft Word. On the AutoFormat As You Type tab.

I don't like my hyperlinks automatically turned into hyperlinks because I am often doing desktop publishing and don't want the font to be blue when the book will be printed in black and white.

I don't like any of the Apply as you type and Automatically as you type choices either. debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

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