Find the preference that you want

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You can quickly search the Preferences dialog box, and go directly to the correct setting.


  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

    On the Word menu, click Preferences

  2. Type a term in the Search Word Preferences box.

    Note: The search term can be part of the preference label (if you know it), or it can be a related term. For example, to prevent Word from converting Internet addresses (URLs) to hyperlinks, you might search for URL.

    Type term in Search Word Preferences box

  3. As you type, a list of possibilities appears underneath the search box, and Word highlights the corresponding items in the Preferences panel.

    Search results appear below Search box and in Preferences panel

  4. Click a highlighted item in the Preferences panel, such as AutoCorrect.

    In Preferences panel, click highlighted item

    In this example, Internet and network paths with hyperlinks is the option that best matches the search results.


  • You must have a document open before you can change preferences in Word.

  • As you type more characters into the search box, the results narrow.

  • You can use the arrow keys ( Up arrow key and Down arrow key ) to move up and down in the search results list.

See also

Customize the Ribbon and toolbars

Turn off automatic changes

Change the default settings for new documents

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