Quick Tip – Turn Off Auto Formatting In Word
If you’ve ever created a numbered or bulleted list in Microsoft Word, you know that Word automatically makes formatting changes once it senses a pattern in your list. However, the auto-formatted text can become a real chore to change when you want to begin a sentence with a number or bullet point without beginning a new list, or use your own listing style — then the “helpful” automation seems less than helpful.
Fortunately, you can disable (aka “turn off”) this automatic feature (and turn it back on again, later, should you want it again).
To turn off auto formatting:
In Word 2003,
- Click the Tools menu, then select AutoCorrect Options.
- Choose the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
- Remove the checkmarks from the Automatic Bulleted Lists and Automatic Numbered Lists, and click Apply.
In Word 2007, click the Office button (“File” tab in Word 2010)
- Click Word Options, and then click Proofing in the list
- Click the AutoCorrect Options button.
- Select the AutoFormat As You Type button (tab in 2010).
- Remove the checkmarks from the Automatic Bulleted Lists and Automatic Numbered Lists, then click OK, and click OK again.
To “re-enable” the Auto-formatting feature, apply these steps but restore the checkmarks.
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November 10, 2011 - Posted by techpaul | advice, how to, Microsoft, word processors | auto format, autoformatting, automatic feature, disable, how to, job sites, Settings, turn off, Word, word 2003, word 2007, word 2010, word options
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