About automatic corrections

To automatically detect and correct typos, misspelled words, and incorrect capitalization, you can use AutoCorrect.

For example, if you type teh plus a space, then AutoCorrect replaces what you have typed with "the." Or if you type This is theh ouse plus a space, AutoCorrect replaces what you have typed with "This is the house."

You can also use AutoCorrect to quickly insert symbols that are included in the built-in list of AutoCorrect entries. For example, type (c) to insert ©.

If the list of built-in entries doesn't contain the corrections that you want, you can add entries.

 Note   Text included in hyperlinks (hyperlink: Colored and underlined text or a graphic that you click to go to a file, a location in a file, a Web page on the World Wide Web, or a Web page on an intranet. Hyperlinks can also go to newsgroups and to Gopher, Telnet, and FTP sites.) is not automatically corrected.

ShowUsing AutoCorrect to correct errors as you type

You can turn these AutoCorrect options on or off:

  • AutoCorrect Options button Button image The AutoCorrect Options button first appears as a small, blue box when you rest the mouse pointer near text that was automatically corrected, and it changes to a button icon when you point to it. If you find on occasion that you don't want text to be corrected, you can undo a correction or turn AutoCorrect options on or off by clicking the button and making a selection.
  • Capitalization options AutoCorrect can capitalize the first word in a sentence, the names of days of the week, the first letter of text in a table cell, and so on.
  • AutoCorrect entries AutoCorrect can use a list of built-in corrections, called AutoCorrect entries, to detect and correct typos, misspelled words, and common symbols. You can easily remove unwanted entries or add your own entries.
  • Spelling checker corrections For enhanced spelling correction, AutoCorrect can use corrections that are generated by the spelling checker's main dictionary (in addition to the built-in list of spelling corrections).

ShowUse AutoCorrect to correct errors in another language

To use AutoCorrect in another language, you need to make sure that the language is enabled for editing, and you also need to install Microsoft Office 2003 Proofing Tools for that language.

Applies to:
Word 2003