Reverse Auto-Correct Option for Word 2016

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Most of the 'mistakes" i make in spelling in Word ae just typos.

RAther than having Word show me that I made a typo, and asking me to go back and correct each one, is there any way to turn on auto-corect and have it uder-line the words it FIXED.  So that I can say, "Yep!  THats right!"  And I just carry on with my work.

Thanks!

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Hi OT,

if you right-click the underlined word in your document, Word will make a suggestion for the correct spelling.
If Word's spell check is frequently marking common typos (like "teh") or common misspellings (like "cieling"), your AutoCorrect feature probably has the "Replace text as you type" setting turned off. To turn it on, use File > Options > Proofing and click the "AutoCorrect Options..." button, and in the AutoCorrect tab of the dialog, turn on the setting's checkbox.Using Word's AutoCorrect dialog
If you frequently type a particular word incorrectly, and it is not already included in the fairly extensive AutoCorrect options, you can easily add it to your AutoCorrect list. Enter the misspelled word in the "Replace" box (shown below the highlighted "Replace text as you type" above), and the correct spelling in the "With" box.

Note the other highlighted option for AutoCorrect: "Automatically use suggestions from the spelling checker". With this turned on, Word will replace the misspelled word with its best suggestion.

For more details about this versatile feature, read this Microsoft support page.
@Eric Fletcher
that's what i was looking for, but couldn't remember how to access the option!
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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> Note the other highlighted option for AutoCorrect: "Automatically use suggestions from the spelling checker". With this turned on, Word will replace the misspelled word with its best suggestion.

As far as I can tell, this doesn't work...at least, not very well...or very often...or even once. :)

I've been playing with it on an up-to-date Word 365 and it hasn't yet replaced any misspelled words with the suggestion coming from the spelling checker. For example, I just typed this into Word 365 (yes, I have the "Automatically use suggestions from the spelling checker" box checked):

hrllo wolrd

I get the red squiggly lines under each, but no automatic replacement. A right-click on the first word shows the best suggestion as hello, and a right-click on the second word shows the best suggestion as world, but neither one is replaced automatically. I've tried with lots of other misspelled words...no joy...not even once. Does it work for you folks? Btw, found this related post at the MS Office forum:
Automatically use suggestions from the spelling checker doesn't work

Regards, Joe

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@Joe Winograd
Interesting... I just tested it and confirm that it doesn't seem to work consistently. However, when I used your example of "hrllo wolrd", it was automatically changed to "hrllo world" when I pressed the spacebar after wolrd.

I do recall turning it off at some point because I caught it changing something that was in fact correct. It is possible this was before I switched to Word 365 (early 2017 maybe?)

I generally let spell, grammar & layout check do their tasks, and then address what they've flagged later rather than pause to deal with it as I type. When I see things that are a result of my sloppy typing, I update my AutoCorrect. The one flaw in that strategy is that I'm reminded how much I am relying on it when I type in other non-Word applications that have spell checking!

And for both Paul & Oaktrees, right-clicking on spelling or grammar marked content will also include the "See More" option. Selecting that opens the Editor pane with more detail — but also the "Settings" option at the bottom. That button opens the Word Options > Proofing dialog with controls for spelling & grammar and the "AutoCorrect Options..." button.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Eric,

> when I used your example of "hrllo wolrd", it was automatically changed to "hrllo world" when I pressed the spacebar after wolrd

Fascinating! Doesn't happen here with Word 365, 2016, or 2019. What version of Word do you have where that is happening? Oh, maybe it's because you have wolrd=>world in your "Replace text as you type" list (note that wrod=>word is in the default "Replace text as you type" list, but not wolrd=>world). Regards, Joe
Hi Joe

Just checked my AutoCorrect list: no "wolrd" — but "wrod => word" is in there. Since I'm not currently doing any projects that would likely include alternative English versions, I've turned the "Replace text as you type" setting on so I can watch for autocorrections of any misspellings for the next while.

My Word is set up with "English (Canada)" as the default dictionary, and I'm currently running Word in Office 365 (version 1911; build 12228.20364) on Windows 10 Pro (version 1809; build 17763.914; 64-bit).

Eric
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Eric,

My config:

W7 Pro SP1 64-bit
O365, 32-bit, English (U.S.), Version 1902, Build 11328.20492

Interesting that we get different behavior on the "wolrd" misspelling. Regards, Joe

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