#162 Customize AutoCorrect in Word

April 16, 2013

You can customize AutoCorrect in Microsoft Word to create your own shorthand or to adjust specific words that you frequently mistype or abbreviate. Here is how to access the AutoCorrect options in Microsoft Word:


  1. Click on the File tab

  2. Click on Options located in the left sidebar

  3. A new window will pop up, click on Proofing from the left sidebar

  4. Click on the button labeled AutoCorrect Options


A new window will pop up with five tabs at the top.  There are many options to explore that tailor AutoCorrect to suit your own personal preference, but the most customizable is the auto-replace feature.



Some common uses include:

  • Replacing words you frequently misspell, e.g. replacing ‘cieling’ with ‘ceiling’

  • Formalizing abbreviations, such as replacing ‘fbi’ with ‘FBI’

  • Creating your own shorthand, such as replacing ‘jn’ with ‘jurisdiction’ or replacing ‘upenn’ with ‘University of Pennsylvania’


The AutoCorrect list works globally across all Microsoft Office programs, so when you add or delete a word from the list in one Microsoft Office program, the other Office programs are also affected.  For more information on using AutoCorrect, you can visit Microsoft’s website.

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