Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Shortcut for AutoCorrect Dialog Box.

Shortcut for AutoCorrect Dialog Box

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 24, 2015)

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Christine uses the AutoCorrect feature in Word quite a bit. She would like to set up a shortcut key so that when she presses it, the AutoCorrect dialog box is displayed with the insertion point in the Replace box.

There is no built-in shortcut to display the AutoCorrect dialog box. There are a couple of ways you can approach the problem, however. One is to create your own AutoCorrect tool for the Quick Access Toolbar. It isn't a keyboard shortcut, but it places the desired dialog box only a single click away. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Make sure the Customize option (Word 2007) or Quick Access Toolbar option (Word 2010 and Word 2013) is selected at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose Commands Not In The Ribbon. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Customize option in the Word Options dialog box.

  5. Scroll through the list of available commands and choose AutoCorrect Options.
  6. Click the Add button. The command is moved to the list at the right of the dialog box.
  7. Click OK. The command now appears in the Quick Access Toolbar.

Click the new tool, and the AutoCorrect dialog box pops up, allowing you to define any AutoCorrect entries you desire.

Of course, you can also use the Customize dialog box to define an actual keyboard shortcut. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Make sure the Customize option (Word 2007) or Customize Ribbon option (Word 2010 and Word 2013) is selected at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Click the Customize button at the bottom of the dialog box, just to the right of the words "Keyboard Shortcuts." Word displays the Customize Keyboard dialog box.
  4. In the Categories list, choose All Commands. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Figure 2. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.

  6. Scroll quite far through the Commands list and choose ToolsAutoCorrect.
  7. Click once in the Press New Shortcut Key box so that the insertion point appears there.
  8. Press a keyboard shortcut you want to use to display the dialog box. (You can tell if the shortcut is in use because when you press it, you can see in the dialog box if the shortcut is used by a different command.)
  9. Click Assign. The shortcut is now assigned to the command.
  10. Close all the open dialog boxes.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1584) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Shortcut for AutoCorrect Dialog Box.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 0 + 2?

2018-12-07 10:00:32

Anita Weiler

There actually is a built-in shortcut, but it's a two-step one. Press Alt+T, then A.


2016-11-11 14:05:17

NotAName

Not what im looking for, but thx


2016-11-06 01:26:08

Carol Durst

I have Word 2016 and there is no ToolsAutoCorrect in the Commands list. I want to create a shortcut for auto correct as I use this function in my business. Can you help, please?


2015-10-30 02:59:59

Shanker

@Jeff & Michael,

Thanks for the shorcut. Yours is better!


2015-10-28 23:16:29

Michael McLoon

I have always used alt+T then A without any difficulty in calling up the AutoCorrect Dialog Box


2015-10-24 05:31:42

JEFF BAKER

In Word 2007, Alt+TA takes you to the Autocorrect dialogue box, with the insertion point in the Replace box.
That's short enough for me!


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