Outlook 2003 Autocorrect not working with word XP/2002

Posted on 2004-11-11
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi All,

I have some workstations that are installed with Office XP Pro. Because we have introduced a Small Business Server 2003, I have been able to install Outlook 2003 on all the machines as it comes free with Small Business Server.

The problem I am having is that all the Autocorrect features no longer work and it seems to be becuase of the combination of Word XP and Office 2003.

If you look at the following site:

It says:

Select Tools | Options from the menu in Outlook.
Click on the Mail Format tab.
Make sure the Use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to edit e-mail messages checkbox is selected.
In versions before Outlook 2003, the text reads Use Microsoft Word to edit e-mail messages.
Close the dialog.

The problem is " Use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to edit e-mail messages checkbox is selected." is greyed out and there is no sign of "Use Microsoft Word to edit e-mail messages"

Would appretiate any advice given.

Thanking you,


Question by:PeteJH
    LVL 49

    Accepted Solution

    Hi PeteJH,

    I donot think anyone here has solved this issue.
    It is my understanding that MS forces Outlook 2003 users to use Word 2003 to get full use of Word to being the email editor.

    One of MS tricks to make more money .


    Author Comment

    Your kidding. What a disgrace!

    I don't suppose you can get a 3rd party tool that can do autocorrect?  

    I notice it works when you change the email format to rich text. It is my understanding that rich text only works when you email to someone else with Outlook. Also, when I change it to rich text all the signatures stuff up and it just looks bad.

    Thanks for your response

    LVL 49

    Expert Comment

    I am not sure if there is any MS KB article that proves what I have said..


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