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Part 2. Using Word > Task 26 How to Work with AutoCorrect

Task 26 How to Work with AutoCorrect

Word's AutoCorrect feature can save you time by automatically correcting misspelled words as you type. AutoCorrect comes with a list of common misspellings, but the list isn't comprehensive; you can add your own common misspellings to the list to personalize it to your work habits.

  1. Try It Out

    To see how AutoCorrect performs, type teh and press the spacebar or type a punctuation mark such as a comma or a period. Because teh is a common misspelling, AutoCorrect corrects it to the before you realize you mistyped it.



  2. Undo AutoCorrect

    If you type something you don't want corrected (for example, Mr. Edmund Teh), press Ctrl+Z to undo the correction before you type any other characters. The AutoCorrection is undone, and you can continue typing; the "misspelling" is left uncorrected.



  3. Remove a Word from AutoCorrect

    If you no longer have to worry about correcting a word, you can remove it from the AutoCorrect list. For example, perhaps your company name has changed and you no longer have to worry about misspelling the old name. To remove a word from the AutoCorrect list, choose Tools, AutoCorrect Options. The AutoCorrect dialog box opens.



  4. Delete the Word

    Click the AutoCorrect tab. In the Replace box, type the first few letters of the word you want to delete from AutoCorrect; the list of words and replacements scrolls to the point where you can find your word. Select your word in the list and then click Delete. Click OK to close the dialog box.



  5. Add a Misspelling

    To add a word you frequently misspell to the AutoCorrect list, open a document and type the correct spelling. (Alternatively, type a long phrase, including any special capitalization, for which you want to create a shortcut.) Select the word or phrase and choose Tools, AutoCorrect Options.



  6. Click Add

    Click the AutoCorrect tab. Your word or phrase appears in the With box. In the Replace box, type the incorrect word or the acronym you want to replace. (The Replace text is what you expect to mistype in your document.) If you want to add only a single item, click OK to close the dialog box; if you want to add more words to the AutoCorrect list, click Add to add each word and click OK when you finish.




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