How to Use Word 2010’s AutoCorrect Feature

By Dan Gookin

Word 2010 quickly fixes hundreds of common typos and spelling errors on the fly with the AutoCorrect feature. There’s nothing to using AutoCorrect; it happens automatically. Beyond spelling, AutoCorrect fixes some common punctuation. It automatically capitalizes the first letter of a sentence. You can even add your own commonly misspelled words to AutoCorrect’s list:

1Right-click the misspelled word.

If you want to correct his one instance, you choose the proper spelling from the list. But that fixes the word only once.

List that appears when you right-click a misspelled word.

2Click the AutoCorrect item.

Up pops a submenu containing various corrections.

3Choose the properly spelled word from the AutoCorrect submenu.

The word is added to the AutoCorrect list, and Word, as a special favor, corrects the word in your text, as well.

4You can reverse AutoCorrect instant changes by pressing Ctrl+Z (the Undo command) immediately after AutoCorrect makes its correction.

The change is gone, and a blue rectangle appears under the first letter of the still-corrected word.

5Point the mouse at the rectangle.

A button appears.

AutoCorrect options that appear when you click on a word.

6Click the button.

Various AutoCorrect options appear in a menu.

7Select an option to make the change you want.

Selecting Change Back to “Whatever” undoes the AutoCorrection. Selecting Stop Automatically Correcting “Whatever” removes the word from the AutoCorrect dictionary so that it’s not corrected automatically again. (But it may still be flagged as incorrect by the spell checker.) Control AutoCorrect Options displays the AutoCorrect dialog box, which you can use to customize various AutoCorrect settings and to edit or create new entries in the AutoCorrect library.