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Use Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect to Prevent Typos

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

You may have noticed that sometimes when you make a typo, Microsoft Word automatically fixes it for you as you type. This is the AutoCorrect feature at work. What this does, is compares what you type against a list of commonly misspelled words and when it finds an error, it corrects them for you.

You can even add your own words to AutoCorrect. Let’s say that your name is Robert and you often find yourself typing: Robret when typing in your name. You can add: Robret to your list of misspelled words so that whenever you type it in, it will replace it with “Robert” instead.

AutoCorrect Dialog Box image

To Add Words to the AutoCorrect List

  1. Click the File tab on the Ribbon and click Options to display program Options.
  2. In the left pane, click: Proofing.
  3. Click the AutoCorrect Options button. 

    Arrow pointing to AutoCorrect Options button
  4. Click in the Replace box and type in the word that you want replaced (the word that you commonly misspell).
    AutoCorrect window
  5. Click in the With box and type in the replacement.
  6. Click the Add button.
  7. Click OK.

Tip: You can use AutoCorrect as a way to insert commonly used text. For instance, you can replace your initials (JAC) with your full name (John Alan Clarke). You might want to ensure however, that the abbreviation is not something you would normally type. To work around this, some people precede their abbreviation with an “x” such as: xjac.

Also applies to Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote

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