AutoCorrect spelling, and insert text and symbols in Word 2016 for Mac

You can use the AutoCorrect feature to correct typos and misspelled words, as well as to insert symbols and other pieces of text. AutoCorrect is automatically configured with a list of typical misspellings and symbols, but you can modify this list to suit your documents.

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What do you want to do?

Understand the AutoCorrect feature

Add a text entry to the AutoCorrect list

Change the contents of a text entry in the AutoCorrect list

Rename a text entry in the AutoCorrect list

Understand the AutoCorrect feature

You can use the AutoCorrect feature to do the following:

  • Automatically detect and correct typos and misspelled words     For example, if you type teh, followed by a space, AutoCorrect replaces what you typed with the. Or if you type This is theh ouse, followed by a space, AutoCorrect replaces what you typed with This is the house.

  • Quickly insert symbols     For example, when you type (c), AutoCorrect inserts © as a replacement. If AutoCorrect does not already insert a symbol that you want, you can add it to the list so that it does.

  • Quickly insert any long pieces of text     For example, if you need to repeatedly enter a phrase, such as return on investment, you can configure AutoCorrect to automatically insert the phrase when you type something shorter, such as roi.

All of these uses of AutoCorrect are supported by two parallel lists of words or symbols. In the first column is the word or symbols that you type, and the second column is the word, phrase, or symbols that AutoCorrect inserts as a replacement.

The AutoCorrect list pairs text that AutoCorrect identifies for replacement with text that it inserts as the replacement.

Note: The AutoCorrect list is globally effective across Microsoft Office programs that support AutoCorrect, which means that when you add or delete a word from the list in one Office program, the other Office programs are also affected.

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Add a text entry to the AutoCorrect list

You can add a misspelled word or set of symbols that you want AutoCorrect to automatically replace with a correctly spelled word, a phrase, or a symbol that you specify. Use the following procedure to do this.

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. In Word Preferences, click AutoCorrect.

    In Word Preferences, click AutoCorrect to change what AutoCorrect changes in your document.
  3. On the AutoCorrect tab, verify that Replace text as you type is selected.

    Select Replace text as you type to cause AutoCorrect to make corrections while you type.
  4. In the Replace box, type a word or phrase that you often mistype or misspell — for example, type usualy.

    Add or modify selected items in the AutoCorrect list by typing in the Replace and With boxes.
  5. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word — for example, type usually.

  6. Click Add.

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Change the contents of a text entry in the AutoCorrect list

The following procedure describes how to modify the text that AutoCorrect inserts as a replacement for a specific misspelled word. If you want to change the correction that AutoCorrect applies to a specific misspelling, use this procedure.

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. In Word Preferences, click AutoCorrect.

    In Word Preferences, click AutoCorrect to change what AutoCorrect changes in your document.
  3. On the AutoCorrect tab, make sure that Replace text as you type is selected.

    Select Replace text as you type to cause AutoCorrect to make corrections while you type.
  4. Select the entry in the list that you want to change.

    Word displays the entry's contents in the Replace and With boxes.

  5. Type new text in With box.

    Select an item in the AutoCorrect list to change its replacement text in the With box.
  6. Click Replace.

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Rename a text entry in the AutoCorrect list

The following procedure describes how to modify the text that AutoCorrect identifies as a misspelled word. If you want to change the misspelled word that AutoCorrect applies a specific correction to, use this procedure.

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. In Word Preferences, click AutoCorrect.

    In Word Preferences, click AutoCorrect to change what AutoCorrect changes in your document.
  3. On the AutoCorrect tab, make sure the Replace text as you type check box is selected.

    Select Replace text as you type to cause AutoCorrect to make corrections while you type.
  4. Select the entry in the list that you want to change.

    Word displays the entry's contents in the Replace and With boxes.

  5. Click Delete.

    Select an item in the AutoCorrect list, and then click Delete to remove it.

    Word leaves the entry's values in the Replace and With boxes, so that you can make changes to them.

  6. Type a new name in the Replace box.

  7. Click Add.

    Click Add to add the text in the Replace and With boxes to the AutoCorrect list.

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