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Office challenge: Can you foil Word's AutoCorrect setting that capitalizes the first word in a sentence

Learn the solution to last week's challenge on PowerPoint and see how you fare with this week's Word challenge.

By default, AutoCorrect capitalizes the first character in a sentence. Most of the time, that behavior is helpful. On the other hand, it can be a nuisance. For instance, imagine typing cc: several times a day only to have AutoCorrect correct it to Cc:. You can press [Ctrl]+Z to undo the AutoCorrect correction, but do that often enough, and even that becomes annoying. You can disable the feature, but do you really want to do that?

Can you inhibit AutoCorrect for some entries, without disabling the feature?

Last week we asked…

How do you enter an m-dash into a PowerPoint slide?

Many people use the [Ctrl]+[Alt]+- keystroke to enter an m-dash (or em-dash), but PowerPoint doesn't recognize that keystroke combination. Mark Thibault responded quickly with an [Alt] key alternative: hold down [Alt] and enter 0151 on the numeric keypad. Jeremy Oh chimed in soon after with the same suggestion. It's easy and it works.

There's a second way to enter an em-dash. From the Insert menu, choose Symbol. In the resulting dialog box, choose (normal text) in the Font control. The em- and en-dashes are about three-quarters of the way down. Select the dash and click Insert. This method isn't as easy as the [Alt] shortcut, but it´s good to know if you´re working with a laptop (that doesn´t have a numeric keypad).

Thanks to Mark Kaelin for the link to Wikipedia.com!

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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