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The AutoFormat feature in Word works behind the scenes to produce an attractive, easy-to-read document while you concentrate on the content. Word analyzes each paragraph to see how it's used in the document (for example, as a heading or as an item in a numbered list) and then applies an appropriate style for that item. Word also automatically formats Internet, network, and e-mail addresses as hyperlinks; applies bold or underline character formatting to text surrounded by asterisks or underscores; replaces two hyphens with an em dash; and so on.
AutoFormat works in these ways:
This article describes how to disable (turn off) the AutoFormat features in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows.
For more information about the AutoFormat feature in Word, click Contents And Index on the Help menu, click the Find tab in Microsoft Word Help, type the following text
AutoFormat changes Word makesand then double-click the "Learn about AutoFormat changes Word makes" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.
To disable (turn off) the AutoFormat features in Word, do one or both of the following.
Disabling "AutoFormat As You Type" OptionsTo disable certain automatic format features as you type your document, follow these steps:
Disabling AutoFormat FeaturesTo disable certain automatic format features when you click AutoFormat on the Format menu, follow these steps:
For more information the AutoFormat feature in Word, click Contents And Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Microsoft Word Help, type the following text
AutoFormatand then double-click the selected text and go to the "Troubleshoot automatic formatting changes" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.
Article ID: 139564 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
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