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Chapter 2. Using Shared Office Tools > Correcting Text Automatically

Correcting Text Automatically

Since the dawn of typing, people have consistently mistyped certain words or letter combinations. How many times do you misspell and or press and hold Shift too long? AutoCorrect fixes common misspellings and incorrect capitalization as you type. It also replaces typed characters, such as -- (two hyphens), with typographical symbols, such as — (an em dash). What's more, you can add your personal problem words to the AutoCorrect list. In most cases, AutoCorrect corrects errors after you press Enter or the Spacebar. When you point to a word that AutoCorrect changed, a small blue box appears under it. When you point to the small blue box, the AutoCorrect Options button appears, which gives you control over whether you want the text to be corrected. You can change it back to its original spelling, or you can stop AutoCorrect from automatically correcting text.

Replace Text as You Type

  • To correct capitalization or spelling errors automatically, continue typing until AutoCorrect makes the required correction.

  • To replace two hyphens with an em dash, turn ordinals into superscripts (for example, 1st to 1st), or stack a fraction (for example, 1/2 ), continue typing until AutoCorrect makes the appropriate change.

  • To create a bulleted or numbered list, type 1. or * (for a bullet), press Tab or Spacebar, type any text, and then press Enter. AutoCorrect inserts the next number or bullet. To end the list, press Backspace to erase the extra number or bullet.


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