AutoCorrect and AutoText

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RSC Scotland North and East logoThis guide comes with thanks to Craig Mill from the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North and East.

AutoCorrect can help to support learners with spelling difficulties by automatically correcting errors as they type.

Microsoft Word comes with a number of default AutoCorrect words built-in. For example, if you type ‘teh’ Word will automatically change the word to ‘the’. You can easily adjust or add words to Autocorrect, but it is always a good idea to sit with a student who has spelling difficulties and identify a list of words he/she has difficulties with.

For example, if a student is studying Biology and they repeatedly type ‘fotosythisis’ instead of ‘photosynthesis’ Word will automatically correct the misspelling once the word or word list has been added to AutoCorrect.

1. To add words, go to the Tools menu and select Autocorrect Options then select the AutoCorrect tab.
2. In the Replace box type the misspelling, then in the With box, type the correction.
3. Select the Okay button. Now try experimenting with AutoCorrect.

Other features in AutoCorrect include ‘Capitalize the First Letter of Sentences’ and ‘Capitalize Names of Days’. Place a check in the boxes for those you wish Word to correct as you type or uncheck those you have no use for.

AutoCorrect options in MS Word 2003 and 2007
Figure 1: AutoCorrect can help with spelling errors

Increase typing speed with AutoText

AutoText can help to cut down keystrokes while increasing typing speed. It is a useful way of supporting learners with mobility difficulties.
You can try it out for yourself by following the instructions on the next page.

1. Highlight some text in Word then go to the Tools menu and select AutoCorrect Options, then the AutoText tab.
2. In the box type in the shortened version of the word or phrase you would like Word to expand.
3. The expanded text (the highlighted text) appears in the preview box.
4. Select the OK button and try it out!
Adding letters or words to represent longer words or phrases in AutoCorrect
Figure 2: AutoText can help to increase data input

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