(Legacy) Microsoft Word 2007: Auto Correct: AutoFormat as You Type

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Note: This article is based on legacy software.

The AutoFormat As You Type tab provides options for formatting that occurs automatically based on what you type. Using this feature can minimize the need to apply changes from the RibbonAutoFormat As You Type provides three categories of options: Replace as you type, Apply as you type, and Automatically as you type. In each category, several options may be selected to activate the desired features.The following document shows you how these features can be turned on/off and how each option affects your Word documents.

Accessing the AutoFormat As You Type Tab

  1. From the OFFICE BUTTON office button , click WORD OPTIONS word options
    The Word Options dialog box opens
     word options
     

  2. In the Categories pane, select Proofing

  3. In the AutoCorrect options section, click AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS... 
    The AutoCorrect dialog box appears.

  4. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab
    autocorrect
     

  5. Select the desired options
    An option is selected and active when a checkmark appears before it.

  6. When finished, click OK 
    NOTE: As with any AutoCorrect option, you can override the formatting if you wish. For more information, refer to Overriding AutoCorrect.

  7. To exit the AutoCorrect dialog box, click OK

Replace as You Type Options

An option is selected and active when a check appears in the checkbox for the option. The formatting that these options represent replaces your text as you type. The following table describes each option:

replace as you type
 

OptionsWhat You TypeReplaced withStraight quotes with smart quotescareer servicescareer servicesFractions (1/2) with fraction characterhalfhalf*Bold* and _italic_ with real formattingresearchresearchresearchresearchInternet and network paths with hyperlinkshyperlinkshyperlinksOrdinals (1st) with superscriptordinals 

ordinals

Hyphens (--) with dash (—)hyphensdash

 

Apply As You Type Options

An option is selected and active when a check appears in the checkbox for the option. The options on this tab represent formatting that is applied to your text as you type. The following table describes each option:

apply as you type
 

OptionWhat You TypeFormatting AppliedAutomatic
bulleted lists
* Hibbard Humanities Hall [Enter]
  • Hibbard Humanities Hall

Border lines---- + [Enter]
(three or more hyphens)thin border 
(thin border)____ + [Enter]
(three or more underscores)thick border 
(thick border)=== + [Enter]
(three or more equal signs)double line border 
(double line border)Built-in heading stylesReserve Reading + [Enter] + [Enter]reserve reading
(Heading 1)Automatic
numbered lists
1. Hibbard Humanities Hall [Enter]
  1. Hibbard Humanities Hall

Tables+-+--+---+----+ [Enter]
(series of pluses and hyphens)columns
(one column for each pair of plus signs; number of hyphens determins width)

 

Automatically As You Type Options

An option is selected and active when a check appears in the checkbox for the option. These options represent style formatting which occurs automatically as you type. The following list describes each option:

automatically as you type
 

Format beginning of list item like the one before it
If the first word in the first item of a bulleted list is bold, the first word in subsequent items will also automatically be bolded as shown here:
bold
 

Set left-and first-indent with tabs and backspaces
Increases and decreases left indents when you press [Tab] and [Backspace], respectively

Define styles based on your formatting
Word creates a style based on your manual formatting of a paragraph. This style is then accessible from the Style pull-down list on the Formatting toolbar