How To Configure AutoCorrect Your Way


Have you ever been working on a document and typing away and you glance up and see a copyright symbol where you really wanted to see (c)? Yes, I get that complaint a lot from users. AutoCorrect is the culprit here. But wait, shouldn’t AutoCorrect make your life easier rather than having you go back and fix what AutoCorrect did??

The answer, of course, is yes, it should, and I am going to tell you how to make it do just that!

Autocorrect Options

Follow the steps below to learn how:

In version 2010 and later, click on File | Options.


file-options

On the left-hand side, select Proofing.

autocorrect-options

Then on the right side, click on AutoCorrect Options, which will open the dialog box for you.

autocorrect-dialog

The first entry in the screenshot above, says to replace any instance of (c) with a copyright symbol. All you have to do is modify it to add another set of parentheses and you will no longer get a copyright symbol when you key in (c).

Now you will still have an AutoCorrect shortcut for your copyright symbol, AND you can still use the letter “C” with parentheses around it without having to correct AutoCorrect!


But don’t stop there! You can go through your AutoCorrect entries and make modifications wherever you like to make it behave in the way you would like it to behave.

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Carol Bratt

Carol holds A+, MCP, and MOS computer certifications and is the resident DCT Office expert. She trains the staffs of small law firms in the use of Microsoft Office applications and has authored many books covering Microsoft Office as well as written articles for Infopackets, TechnoLawyer, and Digital Harbor. For more Microsoft Office tips visit Carol's Corner Office or follow Carol on FaceBook and Twitter.

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