Change quotation mark format

Word automatically changes straight quotation marks ( ' or " ) to curly quotation marks ( “ or ” ) as you type. You might not want curly quotation marks in some cases — for example, if you use them to designate feet and inches.

Do any of the following:

Set options for automatic curly or straight quotation marks

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect, and then click the AutoFormat as You Type tab.

  2. Select the Automatically correct spelling and formatting as you type check box.

  3. Under Replace as you type, select or clear the "Straight quotation marks" with “smart quotation marks” check box.

Replace all single or double curly quotation marks with straight quotation marks

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect, and then click the AutoFormat as You Type tab.

  2. Under Replace as you type, clear the "Straight quotation marks" with “smart quotation marks” check box, and then click OK.

  3. In the search field Search Field in Word , on the search pop-up menu, click Replace.

  4. In both the Search Document and Replace With boxes, type ' or ", and then click Replace All.

Replace all single or double straight quotation marks with curly quotation marks

  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect, and then click the AutoFormat as You Type tab.

  2. Under Replace as you type, select the "Straight quotation marks" with “smart quotation marks” check box, and then click OK.

  3. In the search field Search Field in Word , on the search pop-up menu, click Replace.

  4. In both the Search Document and Replace With boxes, type ' or ", and then click Replace All.

See also

Turn on ligatures or joined characters

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