Solo Tip Tuesday: Use Word’s AutoCorrect to Save Time

by Sara Crocker on February 21, 2012

Word’s AutoCorrect feature automatically corrects commonly misspelled words on the fly, with no intervention on your part. Here are a couple tips that can save you time with your legal drafting:

Did you know that you can create an AutoCorrect entry for words you often misspell? Even though Word includes hundreds of commonly misspelled words in AutoCorrect, you might want to add a few of your own. To do this, follow these steps:

1. In Word 2007, click the Office button, Word Options, Proofing, AutoCorrect Options button. In Word 2010, click the File Menu, Options button, Proofing, AutoCorrect Options button.
2. In the Replace box, type the word as you commonly misspell it. In the With box, type the correct spelling of the word.
3. Click Add and then hit OK.
4. Test it by typing the keys, followed by a space. The keystrokes should be replaced by the AutoCorrect text.

To save even more time, you can use the same procedure to automatically insert words or phrases that you frequently type and/or that are annoying to type. For example, you can create an AutoCorrect entry that replaces “/irc” with “Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.” Using this technique has the potential to significantly increase your typing speed.

Special thanks to Barron Henely for providing this tip.

You can see this tip and others, on topics ranging from Outlook and Word help to App reviews and online tools, all here.

Longtime readers of the Colorado Bar Association’s C-Brief, its weekly eNewsletter, know each week there is a tip from Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance. Those tips are moving beyond the newsletter and now have a permanent home within the Practice Management section of CBA’s website. We’ll share some of the best tips each week here as Solo Tip Tuesday.

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