Use 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.

To modify AutoCorrect:

  • Click Tools.
  • Select AutoCorrect Options from the menu bar. The AutoCorrect Options dialog box appears.
  • Check or deselect any of the following options:
    • Show AutoCorrect Options buttons
    • Correct two initial capitals
    • Capitalize the first letter of the sentence
    • Capitalize the first letter of table cells
    • 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
  • 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 always misspells that word.

If AutoCorrect changes a word you don't want it to change, you can hover the pointer over the area where the correction was made and a Smart Tag will appear that allows you to reset the original word. Click the Smart Tag, and a drop-down list with options to reverse the action is displayed.

Smart Tag