How to Enable or Disable AutoComplete in MS Word

AutoComplete can be turned off in the AutoCorrect menu

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Microsoft Word's AutoCorrect feature is designed to make your work easier by automatically correcting your spelling as you type. The AutoComplete tab in the AutoCorrect menu can be set to make suggestions for words as you type. While the AutoComplete feature doesn't make suggestions for every word, it makes suggestions when it determines you're typing a date, the name of an individual, or any other entries in the AutoText list.

Instructions in this article apply to Word 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and Word for Office 365.

Turning Word's AutoCorrect Feature on and off

Like other automatic features introduced in recent versions of Word, the AutoCorrect feature may be a nuisance to some users. It is turned on by default in Word, but you can decide for yourself whether you want to leave this feature turned on. To toggle AutoComplete on and off:

  1. Go to the File tab and select Options. The Word Options window will open.

  2. Select Proofing in the left pane.

    Screenshot of Proofing tab on Word Options dialog box
  3. Select the AutoCorrect Options button. The AutoCorrect dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of AutoCorrect dialog box
  4. Clear any of the following checkboxes:

    • Correct TWo INitial CApitals
    • Capitalize first letter of sentences
    • Capitalize first letter of table cells (Not in Excel or OneNote)
    • Capitalize names of days
    • Correct accidental use of cAPS LOCK key
  5. Clear the checkbox beside Replace Text as You Type to turn AutoComplete off or check the box to turn AutoComplete on.

Add, Change, or Remove an Entry from the AutoCorrect List

Word comes loaded with several commonly misspelled words, and you can add your own in the tabs of the AutoCorrect menu. If you add words to the AutoComplete tab, Word will suggest the words as soon as you begin to type them.

You can add custom words, change existing entries, or delete them from the AutoCorrect list.

  1. Go to the File tab and select Options. The Word Options window will open.

  2. Select Proofing in the left pane and choose the AutoCorrect Options button. The AutoCorrect dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Word Options Proofing tab
  3. Type a word or phrase that you often mistype or misspell in the Replace box.

  4. Type the correct spelling of the word in the With box.

    Screenshot of custom AutoCorrect entry in the Replace and With boxes of the AutoCorrect dialog
  5. Select Add. Word will automatically correct the spelling if you misspell or mistype the word as entered.

  6. Select an entry you want to change in the list and type a new entry in the With box. Select the Replace button to make the change.

  7. Choose Yes to confirm that you want to change the entry.

    Screenshot of AutoCorrect replacement confirmation
  8. Select an entry you want to remove in the list and choose the Delete button to remove the entry.

  9. Select OK when you are done to close the AutoCorrect window.

  10. Select OK again to close the Word Options.