Cleaning Up with AutoCorrect and AutoFormat


  • Reviewing built-in and do-it-yourself AutoCorrect
  • Creating formatted AutoCorrect entries
  • Exploring AutoCorrect limits
  • Trying Math AutoCorrect
  • Understanding the difference between AutoFormat and AutoFormat As You Type
  • Finding the AutoFormat command
  • Running AutoFormat
  • Using AutoFormat As You Type
  • Changing AutoFormat As You Type settings
  • Working with hyphenation

Word's automated correction and formatting features can save you a lot of document cleanup work you'd otherwise have to do, including eliminating typos and formatting certain characters such as quotation marks and fractions. AutoCorrect actually refers to a collection of correction features. Word can correct typos just as quickly as you can type them. If you type recieve and press the spacebar or add a period or other punctuation, practically before you can blink, Word changes it into receive. Similarly, the AutoFormat feature automatically converts some things that you type into their formatted counterparts, converting lone lines into headings, asterisks into bullets, numbers into formatted numbering, straight quotes into curly “smart quotes,” and so on.

This chapter's mission is to show you how to take advantage of the options for AutoCorrect and AutoFormat that you do like, turn off the options you don't care for, and even create your own custom corrections. And as a bonus, you'll learn a little more about working with automatic and manual hyphenation. ...

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