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Fixing Typos with WordPerfect 12 QuickCorrect

You don't have to know anything about the QuickCorrect feature in WordPerfect 12 to love it, and it usually does just what you want it to. Most typing mistakes fall into a few general categories: reversing two letters, putting the space after the first letter of a word rather than before, capitalization errors, and wacky spelling errors that happen from typing really fast.

The folks at WordPerfect figured that if these were such simple common errors, why not have WordPerfect correct them for you? That's exactly what QuickCorrect does. For example, try to type teh as a word in your WordPerfect document. No matter how hard you try, WordPerfect changes it to the. WordPerfect figures that you meant to type the.

If for some reason you really did want to type teh (maybe teh is the name you've chosen for your newly discovered subatomic particle), you have to be clever. To keep WordPerfect from QuickCorrecting something, add an extra letter to the end so that WordPerfect doesn't recognize it. For example, you could type tehh. Then type a space after it to tell WordPerfect you're finished with this word. Now you can go back and get rid of the extra h. This is a quick, if clumsy, way to work around QuickCorrect in a pinch. For a more permanent solution, there's a better way.

If you find that WordPerfect is constantly correcting you in ways you don't want (like substituting the for teh) — or failing to correct errors you make often — you need to take a look at the QuickCorrect dialog box: Choose Tools, QuickCorrect.

What's going on in QuickCorrect is quite simple: You type the stuff in the left column, and QuickCorrect replaces it with the stuff in the right column.

So you want to type teh all the time? No problem. Just delete the teh correction line in QuickCorrect by using the following steps:

1. Scroll down until you see the word you want to be able to type in the left column.

You can do this by using the scroll bar on the right side of the dialog box or by clicking in the Replace column and pressing the Page Down key on the keyboard. In this case, you're looking for teh in the left column.

2. Click the word in the left column.

In this case, click teh.

3. Click the Delete Entry button.

Has QuickCorrect failed to correct something you usually mistype? No problem. Just add your typo, misspelled word, or miscapitalized word to QuickCorrect, along with the correction. For instance, to have QuickCorrect correct the misspelling hte, do this:

1. In the Replace box, type the misspelling of the word.

In this case, type hte.

2. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word.

In this case, type the.

3. Click the Add Entry button.

4. When you finish with the QuickCorrect list, click OK.

QuickCorrect can be annoying if you legitimately need to use a lot of words that QuickCorrect thinks are errors. If you encounter this problem, you can turn off the option by clearing the Replace Words As You Type check box at the bottom of the QuickCorrect dialog box. Then click OK.

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