Tame your computer - undo autocorrections


In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'.

This week she explains how to quickly correct unwanted AutoCorrections (Microsoft Office*) ...

This week somebody emailed me as she was typing a web address into a Word document and didn't want it to do its own formatting.

Well, by default Microsoft Office will format text automatically as you type. When typing a web or email address, for example, it becomes a hyperlink 'hot spot', which goes to a web page or opens Outlook when you click on it. But you can turn this feature off.

Here's how:

1. From the Tools menu, select AutoCorrect (Office 2000) or AutoCorrect Options (Office 2003)

2. Select the 'AutoFormat As You Type' tab

3. Under 'Replace as you type' deselect the check box labelled 'Internet and network paths with hyperlinks'

4. Click OK

Any Internet address you type will now be treated as ordinary text. Alternatively - this week's free bonus tip! ;-) ... if you don't want to turn off the option completely but would prefer for it not to be applied in a particular instance, you can click Undo on the Standard toolbar or BACKSPACE immediately after the program makes the automatic formatting change.

Finally, keep these emails coming. As you all know, I'm committed to sharing the best of what I know with you. And the more YOU tell me, the more I can share!

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2000. Most of what is covered however will also apply to earlier and later versions.

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18 August 2005

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Karen Roem
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