AutoCorrecting from the Context Menu

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 24, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


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Jennifer's company just recently upgraded to the latest version of Microsoft Office. One of the Word features she used to rely on all the time was the ability to right-click on a misspelled word and add it to AutoCorrect right from the Context menu. She noted that it seems to be gone in the new version of Word and wonders if there is a way to restore the capability.

This change—removing the AutoCorrect options from the Context menu in Word 2013—is one that was met with overwhelming disapproval by the community of Word users. In fact, many people decided not to upgrade to 2013 at all because of this one change in the interface.

What was Microsoft's reasoning for the change? They officially said "To make Word 2013 cleaner and less cluttered, we removed AutoCorrect and certain formatting tools from the spelling error context menu. The features are still available in Word 2013 through other entry points within the Word user interface." You can find this reasoning here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178954%28en-us%29.aspx

Still, there were howls from users, but Microsoft did not budge—the options were no longer in the Context menus.

There are a couple of ways around this change, however. You could, if you desire, add AutoCorrect to the Quick Access Toolbar. 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 or a later version, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Customize (Word 2007) or Quick Access Toolbar (later versions of Word). (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Quick Access Toolbar area of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose All Commands.
  5. In the list of commands, locate and select the AutoCorrect Options command. (There are two such commands in the list. Make sure you pick the one that has the lightning bolt as an icon.)
  6. Click the Add button. The AutoCorrect Options command now appears at the right side of the dialog box, in the list of Quick Access Toolbar commands.
  7. Use the Up and Down arrow buttons, as desired, to situate the command within the Quick Access Toolbar commands.
  8. Click OK.

To use the tool, select any word you want added to AutoCorrect, click the tool, and then type what you want it replaced with. This isn't quite as fast as the old Context-menu technique, but it is close.

If you absolutely want the AutoText capability added back to the Context menu, then you may be interested in a free template created by Greg Maxey. You can find information about it at his website:

http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/word_tip_pages/customize_shortcut_menu.html#WACR

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13131) applies to Microsoft Word 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365.

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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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2020-11-21 22:13:25

Zuni Corkerton

I just upgraded to Word 2016 and the AutoCorrect feature now does not appear in the Quick Access Toolbar All Commands drop down. I had added it about two weeks ago and by mistake removed it. Now it's not in the list! Can you help, please? Thank you.


2020-09-28 06:28:47

Rajendra Krishna Patil

The "Add to Auto-correct" button used to come in versions older than Office 2013 in the right side window entitled "Spelling" after you press F7. Three buttons used to come: "Change", "Change All", and "Add to Auto-correct". We lost this last one now in Word 2013. Can we get it back?
Thank you.
--Rajendra Krishna Patil durganandaswami@gmail.com (28 Sept 2020)


2020-09-25 17:39:23

Lene Fredborg

The AutoCorrect Options command was added back into the context Spelling menu in Word 2016 (happened in 2018) and is also in Word 2019 and Word for Microsoft 365. It is still missing in Word 2013.

I have developed a Word add-in that can be used with Word 2013 and Word 2016. It adds "AutoCorrect Options" and "Set Proofing Language" to the right-click menu. The add-in can be downloaded totally for free from wordaddins.com via this URL:
https://wordaddins.com/products/add-autocorrect-options-to-word-2013-or-word-2016/


2020-07-15 02:37:13

Coby King

Do you have any sense of why MS won't change their mind on this.? I've refused to upgrade from 2010 because of this issue, but it's getting creaky. Why won't MS restore this incredibly useful feature?


2015-11-28 14:38:08

Jenny

Well, that sucks big time! I hate, hate, hate some of the changes they made. I actually miss XP just because of this autocorrect thing.


2014-06-16 10:12:40

Jennifer Thomas

You can still customize context menus to add the controls you want; not quite as easy in the old days, but the article tells you how:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee691832(v=office.14).aspx

I haven't tried it, but that control is an allowed type, so it should work.


2014-06-16 10:01:14

Ric Glines

I'll second John Craig's comment. I found the user interface of Word 2013 to be so anti-productive that I reverted to an earlier version.


2014-06-14 07:40:49

John Craig

Just another nail in the Word Update coffin. 2007 version still works perfectly, no reason to update. Right Click update Auto-Correct is used many times a day, not willing to forgo that ease of use.

I hate the visual format of the newer Word versions anyway. I am a keyboard macro person. Mouse gestures are too slow.


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