AutoCorrect and Find and Replace

Learn how to use the AutoCorrect Word feature, as well as the Find and Replace Word feature, in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Use AutoCorrect
  • Use Find and Replace

Using AutoCorrect

Word's AutoCorrect feature can automate some of the tedious tasks involved in creating documents. It can also replace common spelling and typing errors as you type.

If you use a lot of proper nouns or specific terms, you can store shorthand references in AutoCorrect. For example, instead of typing GCFLearnFree.org, you can store the letters GCF in AutoCorrect. Each time you type GCF, AutoCorrect automatically replaces it with GCFLearnFree.org.

To modify AutoCorrect:

  • Choose ToolsactionAutoCorrect from the menu bar. The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.
  • Check or deselect any of the following options:
    • Correct two initial capitals.
    • Capitalize the first letter of the sentence.
    • Capitalize names of days.
    • Correct accidental usage of Caps Lock key.
    • Replace text as you type.
  • Use the Replace: box to type a word you frequently misspell or type a shorthand word to represent a longer word or phrase, such as GCF Global Learning.
  • Use the With: box to type the correct word.
  • Click Add.

Autocorrect dialog box

If you type a misspelled word into AutoCorrect's With: box, AutoCorrect will always misspell that word.

Using Find and Replace

You can spend a lot of time trying to find a particular word of phrase in your document. Find and Replace, another time-saving Word 2000 feature, can do a lot of the work for you.

For example, a corporation has changed the name of one of its departments from Accounts Payable to Purchasing. You created a long document, typing Accounts Payable again and again throughout the document. Using Find and Replace to replace Accounts Payable with Purchasing. It will make your life a lot easier.

Using the Find feature:

  • Choose EditactionFind from the menu bar (Ctrl+F). The Find and Replace dialog box appears.
  • In the Find What: box, type the word or phrase you want to find.
  • Click Find Next to start the search.
  • After reaching the first selection, click the Cancel button to close the dialog box.

Find and replace dialog box

If you need to conduct a more detailed search:

  • Choose EditactionFind (Ctrl+F). The Find and Replace dialog box appears.
  • In the Find What: box, type the word or phrase you want to find.
  • Click More to conduct a detailed search.
  • Click the Search list box if you want to limit your search to a specific part of the document.
  • Use the check boxes to limit your search.
  • Click Format if you want to limit your search to words in a specific font, paragraph, language, or style.
  • Click Special to search for punctuation marks or section breaks.
  • Click Find Next.

Using the Find and Replace feature

  • Choose EditactionReplace from the menu bar (Ctrl+H). The Find and Replace dialog box appears.
  • In the Find What: box, type the word or phrase you want to find.
  • In the Replace With: box, type the word or phrase you want to use to replace the Find What text.
  • Click More if you need to conduct a detailed find and replace.
  • Click Find Next to conduct your search.
  • When Word finds a word of phrase, do one of the following:
    • Ignore it.
    • Click Replace.
    • Click Replace All to replace every occurrence of the selected text with the replacement text.
    • Click Cancel to quit.

Did you know?

Important pointAlways proofread your document after using Find and Replace.