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Word does not capitalize the first letter of a sentence

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This article was previously published under Q291538

For a Microsoft Word 98 version of this article, see 189428.
Microsoft Word may not automatically capitalize the first letter of the first sentence of a paragraph, as you expect.
This problem can occur when the first sentence of a paragraph follows any of the following:
  • A form field
  • A hyperlink
  • A number (or letter) that is followed by punctuation (for example, a period). This problem occurs whether you type the number or use the Numbering feature in Microsoft Word.
Note This problem occurs even when the Capitalize first letter of sentences option is selected.
To work around this problem, select the first letter of the sentence, and then do one of the following:
  • If the word is flagged with a green (default color) wavy underline, right-click the word, and then click to select the capitalization that you want.
  • Retype the letter as a capital letter.
  • Press SHIFT+F3 to change the case of the letter to a capital letter.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
To select the Capitalize first letter of sentences option, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoCorrect.
  2. On the AutoCorrect tab, select the Capitalize first letter of sentences check box.
  3. Click OK.
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Article ID: 291538 - Last Review: 01/31/2007 19:09:39 - Revision: 3.3

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