Dawn Bjork Buzbee
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Why Text Automatically Changes in Word
Does it seem like Word randomly changes the capitalization or
spelling of text in a document? AutoCorrect is to blame. As the
name indicates, AutoCorrect automatically corrects the spelling of
common misspelled words but also makes other changes including
capitalizing the first letter in a sentence, table cell, or line of
text. To review your choices, pick Tools > AutoCorrect Options,
choose the AutoCorrect tab and uncheck any option that gets in
the way of typing your text. (Note: these tips apply to Microsoft Word
2003 or earlier).
Automatic Outlines & Numbered Lists
You Don't Want
Have you ever tried to create your own numbered list or outline with
then watched the numbering or formatting change once you press [Enter]
for the next line? This is a huge annoyance for anyone that wants to
build their own custom layout for an outline rather than working with
the choices in Word.
Do you type your e-mail address or website into a document and then
watch as it suddenly changes to blue underlined text (a hyperlink)? Do
you ever enter fractions or quotes that automatically re-format?
You are a victim of AutoFormat As You Type, a common Word
ailment. To customize Word
so that it works for you and not against you, choose Tools >
AutoCorrect Options, select the AutoFormat As You Type tab. I
recommend that you uncheck all of the options in the last 2 sections
including Automatic numbered lists. Turn off choices in the 1st
section as desired. Pick OK to finish. Here's one example:
Automatic numbered and bulleted lists and outlines can still be created via a toolbar button or
under the Format menu.
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and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) as well as a certified Microsoft Office
Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist
(MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart
and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software
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To add common spelling errors to the
AutoCorrect list, right- click on misspelled word, left-click on
AutoCorrect and pick the right spelling. The error will be
automatically fixed the next time you type it.
a list of over 500 spelling corrections.