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The AutoFormat feature in Word works behind the scenes to produce anattractive, easy-to-read document while you concentrate on the content.Word analyzes each paragraph to see how it's used in the document (forexample, as a heading or as an item in a numbered list) and then applies anappropriate style for that item. Word also automatically formats Internet,network, and e-mail addresses as hyperlinks; applies bold or underlinecharacter formatting to text surrounded by asterisks or underscores;replaces two hyphens with an em dash; and so on.
AutoFormat works in these ways:
Word automatically formats headings, bulleted and numbered lists, borders, numbers, symbols, and so on as you're typing your document. You can control which automatic changes Word makes, or you can turn AutoFormat off completely.
You can automatically format selected document text or the entire unformatted document, such as an e-mail message, in one pass with the AutoFormat command. You will be able to review, accept, or reject each change.
Word automatically formats headings and lists in your plain text WordMail messages when you open them. You can easily distinguish the current message from the previous messages in the e-mail stream.
By default, AutoFormat is "on" the first time you start Word. You can turnoff the options that you don't want.
This article describes how to disable (turn off) the AutoFormat features inMicrosoft Word 97 for Windows.
For more information about the AutoFormat feature in Word, click ContentsAnd Index on the Help menu, click the Find tab in Microsoft Word Help, typethe following text
AutoFormat changes Word makes
and then double-click the "Learn about AutoFormat changes Word makes"topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the OfficeAssistant.
To disable (turn off) the AutoFormat features in Word, do one or both ofthe following.
Disabling "AutoFormat As You Type" Options
To disable certain automatic format features as you type your document,follow these steps:
On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect.
Click the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab.
Click to clear (remove the check mark from) the settings under the Apply As You Type, Replace As You Type, and Automatically As You Type sections. Clear the check boxes for those settings that you want to format manually.
Disabling AutoFormat Features
To disable certain automatic format features when you click AutoFormat onthe Format menu, follow these steps:
On the Format menu, click AutoFormat.
On the AutoFormat tab, click to clear (remove the check mark from) all of the settings under the Apply, Replace, Preserve, and Always AutoFormat sections that you do not want Word to automatically format.
When you click OK in the AutoFormat dialog box to automatically format yourexisting Word document, Word will use only the features that you haveselected to format your document.
For more information the AutoFormat feature in Word, click Contents AndIndex on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Microsoft Word Help, typethe following text
and then double-click the selected text and go to the "Troubleshootautomatic formatting changes" topic. If you are unable to find theinformation you need, ask the Office Assistant.