Setting AutoCorrect in Word
Word's AutoCorrect feature fixes your mistakes as you make them. The AutoCorrect feature can fix a few common mistakes such as incorrect caps lock setting and forgetting to capitalize the first word of a sentence. It can also correct any specific mistakes that you tell it about. It is this last feature that makes the AutoCorrect feature particularly useful.
To set up the AutoCorrect Features select AutoCorrect from the Tools menu. The AutoCorrect window will appear allowing you to set which AutoCorrect features that you want to have enabled.
- The Correct TWo INitial CApitals option will automatically detect when you failed to release the Caps Lock key in time when typing the second letter of a word. This second letter will be automatically converted to lowercase. This change will not be made if the particular word has been added to the Exception list.
- The Capitalize first letter of sentences option will detect when you didn't type the first letter of a new sentence as a capital and will automatically convert it for you.
- The Capitalize names of days option will automatically convert the first letter of all of the days of the week into uppercase.
- The Correct accidental usage of cAPS LOCK key option will convert uppercase into lowercase and lowercase into uppercase when you accidentally leave the Caps Lock set when typing in mixed case.
- The Replace text as you type option checks for occurrences of the values listed in the Replace column below the option and automatically replaces them with the content of the adjacent With field. This is useful for both fixing common typos and also for automatically formatting special text that you are constantly using which otherwise would require a more complex means of entering the character (or characters) required. An example of this latter use is typing (c) and automatically having it converted into ©. The input fields along with the Add and Delete buttons allow you to add your own conversions and/or delete those which are predefined.
- Finally, the Automatically use suggestions from the spell checker allows you to automatically correct spelling based on the content of the spell check dictionary.
The AutoCorrect features that you have enabled will be tested for and applied if appropriate whenever you press the space key, the enter key, shift enter key, or any punctuation characters.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.