ABERRANT AUTOFORMAT

ABERRANT AUTOFORMAT

Post by U3VibGlnYX » Sun, 29 Oct 2006 04:28:01


Hi,

Can anyone explain why Word 2003 has started implementing AutoFormats
without my having to press Enter or any other trigger?

In other words, Word is set to replace "ws" with "was". I used to have to
type "ws" and then press Enter, Return or Spacebar. Now, however, as soon as
I type "ws", Word immediately replaces it with "was".

It's a bit annoying.

Thanks,
 
 
 

ABERRANT AUTOFORMAT

Post by Jay Freedm » Sun, 29 Oct 2006 04:49:31

You're confusing three separate features (although Micorosft fosters the
confusion by giving them all names that start with "Auto").

AutoFormat has nothing to do with this, although it is annoying in its own
way (see http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ).

The feature that involves a trigger (the F3 key, or the Enter or Tab key if
the entry's name is unique after four characters or more) is called
"AutoText". It's accessed through the Insert > AutoText menu. See
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

The feature that makes replacements without any separate trigger (just
typing a space or punctuation after a recognized item) is called
"AutoCorrect". It's accessed through the Tools > AutoCorrect Options menu.

In either feature, Word should not recognize characters that are part of a
large word as candidates for replacement. Is that what's happening?

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Post by Suzanne S. » Sun, 29 Oct 2006 05:10:23

To add to what Jay has said ws > was is one of Word's built-in AutoCorrect
entries.

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Post by U3VibGlnYX » Sun, 29 Oct 2006 22:41:01

Hi,

You're right, I was confusing AutoCorrect with AutoFormat.

Yes, Word is recognizing characters within larger words -- that's what's so
annoying.

Do you know of any way to correc this?
 
 
 

ABERRANT AUTOFORMAT

Post by U3VibGlnYX » Mon, 30 Oct 2006 00:49:02

i,

Turning off AutoCorrect in the AutoCorrect... dialog, using Word for a while
without it and then re-enabling the feature seems to have cured the problem.

Go figure!

Thanks for your help.


"Jay Freedman" wrote:

 
 
 

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Post by Suzanne S. » Mon, 30 Oct 2006 01:10:13

gt; AutoCorrect, as I said, doesn't change items within larger words --

Except, as we've seen, if you insert a conditional hyphen, which should not
be (but unfortunately is) interpreted as punctuation.

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