Keep Word from mistakenly changing what you type

Word can be very handy for correcting mistakes, but sometimes what Word perceives as an error is actually an intentional keystroke. Mary Ann Richardson explains how to keep Word from automatically correcting keystrokes that aren't missteps.

You're editing your report and suddenly you notice that Word changed the word you just typed to something that changes the meaning. You go back and retype it, and Word changes it again. It could be that someone has added an entry to AutoCorrect that matches what you typed. For example, when you type the state abbreviation NJ, Word changes it to Nancy Jones, who happened to add NJ as an AutoCorrect entry for her name.

If you check the entries in the AutoCorrect list, and find none of the words you typed there, then Word is using a spell check option designed to replace your words with suggested words from the spell checker. So, how do you prevent Word from changing your words without turning off the spell checker? Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Tools | AutoCorrect Options.
  2. Click the AutoCorrect tab, and clear the Automatically Use Suggestions From The Spell Checker check box.
  3. Click OK.

Now when you type a Word that the spell checker thinks is incorrect, it will not replace it without your permission.

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