by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 14, 2014)
Jennifer's company just recently upgraded to Office 2013. 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 Word 2013 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:
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:
Figure 1. The Quick Access Toolbar area of the Word Options dialog box.
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:
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