How to disable Microsoft Word AutoCorrect feature

Updated: 03/12/2022 by Computer Hope
Autocorrect in action

In Microsoft Word, the AutoCorrect feature is useful for automatically fixing misspelled words and correcting capitalization of words. However, if you do not want some of the corrections to be done automatically, you can turn off some or all AutoCorrect features.

Tip

The AutoCorrect feature is enabled by default in most programs.

Tip

If you're looking to undo a word corrected by AutoCorrect, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z.

Select the version of Microsoft Word on your computer from the list below, and follow the instructions to disable AutoCorrect features.

Microsoft Word 2016 and later

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Options at the bottom-left.
  4. In the Word Options window, click the Proofing option.
  5. Click the AutoCorrect Options button.

Microsoft Word 2016 AutoCorrect settings

On the AutoCorrect window, you can disable features you dislike, such as the auto capitalization of first letters of sentences, or disable AutoCorrect all together. If the box is checked, the feature is enabled. If the box in unchecked, the feature is disabled.

You can also add new automatic corrections for words you commonly mistype or remove words you do not want automatically corrected.

Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click Options in the left navigation pane.
  4. In the Word Options window, click the Proofing option.
  5. Click the AutoCorrect Options button.

Microsoft Word AutoCorrect settings

On the AutoCorrect window, you can disable features you dislike, such as the auto capitalization of first letters of sentences, or disable AutoCorrect all together. If the box is checked, the feature is enabled. If the box in unchecked, the feature is disabled.

You can also add new automatic corrections for words you commonly mistype or remove words you do not want automatically corrected.

Microsoft Word 2007

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click the Office button in the top-left corner.
  3. Click Options.
  4. In the Word Options window, click the Proofing option.
  5. Click the AutoCorrect Options button.

On the AutoCorrect window, you can disable features you dislike, such as the auto capitalization of first letters of sentences, or disable AutoCorrect all together. If the box is checked, the feature is enabled. If the box in unchecked, the feature is disabled.

You can also add new automatic corrections for words you commonly mistype or remove words you do not want automatically corrected.

Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click Format and then AutoFormat.
  3. Click the Options button.
  4. Click the AutoCorrect tab.

On the AutoCorrect window, you can disable features you dislike, such as the auto capitalization of first letters of sentences, or disable AutoCorrect all together. If the box is checked, the feature is enabled. If the box in unchecked, the feature is disabled.

You can also add new automatic corrections for words you commonly mistype or remove words you do not want automatically corrected.