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Automatically Correct Errors using AutoCorrect

Automatically correct errors using AutoCorrect in Word 2007. AutoCorrect corrects spelling errors as you type that appear in its dictionary of commonly misspelt words.

AutoCorrect will also capitalise the first letter of days of the week, the first word at the start of a sentence and correct Caps Lock errors.

Words that you misspell regularly can be added to the AutoCorrect dictionary to prevent future mistakes.

It is also very popular to add words or phrases to the dictionary that you use often. The tool can be used to speed up your data entry of these common words or phrases. Next time you need to enter that popular word or phrase, you only need to enter the first letter or two, and AutoCorrect will complete the rest.

Add a New AutoCorrect Entry

To speed up the time it takes to enter Computergaga - Online Microsoft Office Training into Word documents, we will add a new AutoCorrect entry for it. We would like Word 2007 to complete the phrase after we enter comp into a document.

  1. Click the Office Button and then click the Word Options button
  2. Select the Proofing category
  3. Click the AutoCorrect Options button
  4. AutoCorrect Options dialogue box

  5. The AutoCorrect dialogue box is displayed showing the current settings. Type comp into the Replace: box
  6. Type Computergaga - Online Microsoft Office Traininginto the With: box
  7. Click the Add button
  8. New AutoCorrect entry created

  9. Click the Ok button
  10. Click Ok again to return to the document

Correct AutoCorrect Errors

Sometimes the AutoCorrect feature may make an automatic change that you did not want it to. For example, we may have actually wanted the word comp as opposed to Computergaga - Online Microsoft Office Training.

Whenever AutoCorrect makes a change it displays a smart tag that allows you to turn the automatic change of if required.

  1. Hover the mouse cursor over the AutoCorrect error
  2. A small blue rectangle appears underneath the start of the correction

    Blue rectangle indicating AutoCorrect change

  3. Point the mouse cursor over the rectangle until the smart tag icon appears and click on the arrow to the right of the smart tag
  4. Undo an AutoCorrect change

  5. Click the Change back to option to undo the AutoCorrect action
  6. Or

    Click the Stop Automatically Correcting option to remove the AutoCorrect entry

Delete an AutoCorrect Entry

If an AutoCorrect entry is no longer required, it can be deleted.

  1. Click the Office Button and then click the Word Options button
  2. Select the Proofing category
  3. Click the AutoCorrect Options button
  4. Scroll down the AutoCorrect list at the bottom of the dialogue box
  5. Select the entry and press the Delete button
  6. Click Ok

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