Using AutoCorrect To Fix Mistakes In MS Word

Do you keep making the same mistakes when typing? Microsoft Word has a couple of built-in features that fixes your mistakes as you type. It takes a bit of tweaking to get it right, but worth the effort in the long run.


Here are three ways to use AutoCorrect to fix errors in your technical documents:

  1. Capitalization options – AutoCorrect can capitalize the first word in a sentence, the names of days of the week, the first letter of text in a table cell, and so on.
  2. AutoCorrect entries – AutoCorrect can use a list of built-in corrections, called AutoCorrect entries, to detect and correct typos, misspelled words, and common symbols. You can easily remove unwanted entries or add your own entries.
  3. Spelling checker corrections – AutoCorrect can use corrections that are generated by the spelling checker’s main dictionary.

Using AutoCorrect To Fix Mistakes In Documents

To add an autocorrect entry, follow these steps:

1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
2. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you often mistype or misspell – for example, type Oralce.
3. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word – for example, type Oracle.
4. Click Add.

Using AutoCorrect To Fix Capitalization and Typos

To prevent specific capitalization and spelling corrections:

  • On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
  • Click Exceptions. Do one or more of the following to prevent AutoCorrect from:

To capitalize a word you type after a specific abbreviation:

  • Click the First Letter tab, and then type the abbreviation (including the period) in the
  • Don’t capitalize after box.

To correct a word that contains mixed uppercase and lowercase letters:

  • Click the INitial CAps tab, and then type the word in the Don’t correct box.

To correct a spelling error:

  • Click the Other Corrections tab, and then type the misspelled word in the Don’t correct box.
  • Click Add, and then click Close.