This article was previously published under Q291473
For a Microsoft Word 2000 version of this article, see 212339.
You can automatically format a document in Microsoft Word 2010 and in earlier versions either as you type or all at the same time. In both cases, you can control which automatic changes Word makes, and you can also turn off automatic formatting options. This step-by-step article describes how to turn off AutoFormat options.
AutoFormat works in the following ways:
Word automatically formats items such as headings, bulleted and numbered lists, borders, numbers, and symbols as you type 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 whole unformatted document, such as an email message, when you click AutoFormat on the Format menu. You can review, accept, or reject each change.
By default, the AutoFormat command is not available on the Ribbon in Word 2007 or later versions. If you want to manually format selected document text or the whole unformatted document in Word 2007 or later versions, you can use the AutoFormat command.
By default, AutoFormat options are turned "on" the first time that you start Word. You can turn off the options that you do not want.
Turn off AutoFormat options
To turn off automatic formatting options that Word applies, follow the steps for the version of Word that you are running.
Word 2013, Word 2010 or Word 2007
Do one of the following:
In Word 2010 and 2013, click Options on the File tab.
In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
Click Proofing, and then click AutoCorrect Options.
Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab or the AutoFormat.
Select or clear the check boxes for the options that you want, and then click OK.
Word 2003 or Word 2002
On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect Options.
Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
Under Replace as you type, Apply as you type, and Automatically as you type, select or clear the check boxes for the options that you want to enable or disable. After you do this, you can format these items manually.
For more information about how to turn off AutoFormat options and what each AutoFormat option means, click the following article: