How can I enable, disable, or add text to Microsoft Word AutoText?

Enabling and Disabling Microsoft Word AutoText

Microsoft WordTo enable or disable the Microsoft Word AutoText, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click Format from the drop-down-menu.
  3. Click AutoFormat.
  4. Click the Options button.
  5. Click the AutoText tab.

If you want to disable AutoText boxes from appearing as you're typing, uncheck Show Autocomplete tip for AutoText and dates. If you want to enable this feature, make sure this option is checked.

Adding your own AutoText

If you have a common word or phrase you want to add to AutoText, you can follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click Format from the drop-down-menu.
  3. Click AutoFormat.
  4. Click the Options button.
  5. Click the AutoText tab.
  6. In the Enter AutoText entries here field, type the common text or phrase you want to have displayed in AutoText. For example, you could type: Computer Hope.
  7. Click the Add button after you have finished typing your text.

Following the above steps only allows you to enter a simple single word or a phrase with a few words. What if you wanted an AutoText to have multiple lines of text, different formatting, etc.?

To create an AutoText with multiple lines of text and have it appear exactly how you have typed it in Microsoft Word, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Type the text in Microsoft Word exactly how you want it to appear in your AutoText.
  3. Highlight all of the text.
  4. Press ALT+F3.
  5. This opens a Create AutoText window asking for a name you want to use for your AutoText. Type the name you want to use for this text and click Ok.

Removing an AutoText

If there is a default AutoText you want to remove or you have created an AutoText entry you no longer want to use, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click Format from the drop-down-menu.
  3. Click AutoFormat.
  4. Click the Options button.
  5. Click the AutoText tab.
  6. In the listing of AutoTexts available, locate the AutoText you want to remove and highlight it.
  7. Click the Delete button.

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