PowerPoint displays a Smart Tag if you enter text PowerPoint believes is a date, an address, a company ticker name, a place, a telephone number, or a person to whom you recently sent e-mail. If PowerPoint recognizes one of these entities, it places a purple dotted line underneath the data. Move the pointer over the purple dotted line and you see the Smart Tag icon. Click this icon and you see a shortcut menu with tasks.

Not everyone likes Smart Tags. Often what PowerPoint thinks is a date, address, place, or ticker name isn’t that at all. Follow these steps to turn off Smart Tags:


Click the Office button.

Office options appear.


Choose PowerPoint Options.

The PowerRoint options drop-down list expands.


On the Proofing tab of the PowerPoint Options dialog box, click the AutoCorrect Options button.

The AutoCorrect dialog box opens.


Select the Smart Tags tab.

See options for turning off Smart Tags.


Unselect the Label Text with Smart Tags check box

Click OK to finish.