Create or change automatic corrections

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Do one of the following:

ShowAdd an entry to the list of automatic corrections

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  2. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you often mistype or misspell — for example, type usualy.
  3. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word — for example, type usually.
  4. Click Add.

ShowAdd an entry during a spelling check

  1. Right-click a word with a wavy red underline.
  2. Point to AutoCorrect on the shortcut menu, and then click the correction you want.

If Microsoft Word doesn't provide a list of corrections for a misspelled or mistyped word, AutoCorrect won't appear on the shortcut menu.

 Note   If wavy red underlines do not appear under misspelled or mistyped words, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab. Select the Check spelling as you type check box.

ShowChange the contents of an entry

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  2. Click the entry in the list under the With box.
  3. Type the new entry in the With box.
  4. Click Replace.

 Note   If you want to change an AutoCorrect entry that contains a long passage of text, a graphic, or its original formatting, first insert the entry in a document. Then make the changes you want, select the revised entry, and click AutoCorrect Options on the Tools menu. Type the AutoCorrect entry name in the Replace box, and then click Replace.

ShowRename an entry

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  2. In the list under the Replace box, click the entry.
  3. Click Delete.
  4. Type a new name in the Replace box.
  5. Click Add.

ShowPrevent specific capitalization and spelling corrections

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  2. Click Exceptions.
  3. Do one or more of the following to prevent AutoCorrect from:

ShowCapitalizing a word you type after a specific abbreviation

  • Click the First Letter tab, and then type the abbreviation (including the period) in the Don't capitalize after box.

ShowCorrecting a word that contains mixed uppercase and lowercase letters

  • Click the INitial CAps tab, and then type the word in the Don't correct box.

ShowCorrecting a spelling error

  • Click the Other Corrections tab, and then type the misspelled word in the Don't correct box.
  1. Click Add, and then click Close.

ShowTip

Whenever AutoCorrect makes an unwanted correction, you can undo the correction by pressing CTRL+Z. If you select the Automatically add words to list check box in the AutoCorrect Exceptions dialog box, the unwanted corrections that you undo are added to the list of exceptions.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003