Word’s autocorrect feature attempts to make our lives easier by viewing the words that we type and deciding whether we did it correctly based on dictionaries and styles programmed into it.
For example, Word will automatically capitalize the first letter of a sentence and the days of the week.
If a common word is incorrectly typed into Word, it will be corrected automatically, i.e. if I type begni, Word will change it to “begin” as soon as I hit a trigger (space bar, period, comma, etc.)
However, if it is not a common word, but Word “thinks” that it has been typed incorrectly as it is not in its dictionary, a red squiggly line will appear instead, i.e. Currency: british ponud sterling
There are times when we do not Word making these corrections. These behaviors are sometimes modifiable but we can always disable them.
Let’s see how this works. I mistype a word: ”infromal.” Word will change this to the correct form, i.e. informal. Whenever Word makes a change, you will find that rolling your cursor over the changed word will reveal a blue box under the first couple of letters. Pulling your cursor down over the box will reveal a lightning bolt and clicking on the black arrow will reveal more options in a fly-out menu.
This menu will always show the same options in the same order. Those options are to CHANGE BACK, STOP, and CONTROL the auto feature applied here.
CHANGE BACK: Word will undo the correction and you are ready to move on.
STOP: Choosing the second option would tell Word will not make this correction again. This affects the current document and all future documents in your copy of Word.
From this point, if you want the word to be corrected, you will need to recognize it and do it manually.
CONTROL AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS: This option takes you into the inside options of Word where you will find a plethora of options that can modify and stop Word from doing helpful and annoying things.
This modal menu has five tabs:
AUTOCORRECT: Displays options like “Capitalize first letter of table cells”. Deselecting the check mark in front of this option will stop Word from capitalizing the first letter of a table cell and so on. The bottom of this tab is similar to “find and replace”. If there is a word that you always mistype, you can enter the manner that you mistype this word in the Replace field. Then enter the correct version of the word, phrase or sentence into the With field.
AUTOFORMAT: Contains interesting options for things like changing straight quotes to smart “quotes” and making ordinal numbers superscript. 1st
AUTOFORMAT AS YOU TYPE: Will correct these same options if you type them incorrectly.
MATH AUTOCORRECT: Supplies math symbols with an assigned keyboard definition.
ACTIONS: Provides additional actions through the right-click option.
Taking advantage of these options will give you power to get the results that you want.