Autocorrect

Have you noticed that if you mistype a word such as “the” and type “teh” instead, Word will correct it for you? This is called Autocorrect and is one of those things that works in the background without you necessarily realising it is there.

Word is set to correct commonly misspelled words and comes with a built-in list of the most common typing errors. It quietly changes your spelling mistakes in the background without any notification or warning. This can of course cause a problem if you are using acronyms – for example you may want to use something like TEH as an acronym!

If you are like me, there are plenty of words that you always mis-spell or mistype. For instance, I cannot type the word lunch. I end up typing luch instead, so have set the Autocorrect feature to correct it when I do.

Here’s how.

To add a miss spelling you type often to the autocorrect list:

Click the File menu and select Options at the bottom of the list, then select Proofing on the left. Click on the button at the top labelled Autocorrect Options.

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Figure 1- Autocorrect Options

In the dialogue box, type the wrong spelling in the box on the left and the correct spelling in the box on the right and then click Add. Your spelling will now be added to the list and automatically corrected next time you type it.

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Figure 2- Add Misspelling to Autocorrect

Note that you can switch off any of the options by unchecking the boxes. Once your automatic correction is added you will never see that typo again.

So how do you resolve the question of those acronyms I mentioned earlier? Unfortunately, you’d have to delete the AutoCorrect for that word – but remember that if you do, the next time you mistype or mis-spell the word itself, it will no longer be corrected.

So, what words do you regularly mistype or mis-spell? I’m sure there are a few!

To learn more about Microsoft Word and how you can speed up routine tasks, take a look at my Microsoft Word Courses, Work Smarter with Style for Windows and Work Smarter with Style for Mac and Create Lead Magnets and eBooks in Word.

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