Outlook 2007 Autocorrect with formatted text



I need to know how to enable Outlook to replace autocorrect entries with
formatted text. In Word 2007, its as simple as clicking the radio button to
enable it. In Outlook however, not so much.

Here is what I am trying to accomplish -- this worked two weeks ago before
my hard drive died, however, I can't remember how to recreate it.

I enter my initials and autocorrect formats a signature with contact
information. The path, Tools, Options, Spelling, Spelling, Spelling and
Autocorrect Options, Autocorrect Options --- however, the "Formatted text"
radio button is grayed out. I was able to do this in Word without an issue.

I have tried changing my mail format between HTML and Rich Text without

Can anyone help me?


Diane Poremsky [MVP]

You need to go there from the message.

Enter the text in a new message.
Select the formatted text
Go to the office icon and choose Editor options
Now go to the autocorrect dialog (under proofing)

Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]

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In Outlook 2007, the formatted text entries are not automatically imported from Word 2007. Once you are able to import your plain text entries from Word 2007 to Outlook 2007, you have to do that manually by opening a new message, in the same manner as you do in Word 2007.

Once you open a new message, then create or paste a formatted text or image in the main mail message body (for which you want to create a simple text string). Then select the formatted entry, click on the office icon on top left, then click on "editor options" at bottom right, then click "proofing" in the pane on left, then click the "autocorrect options" button. You would see your formatted text or image in the right box, with left box being blank, for you to fill your chosen plaintext string

Hope it helps solve your problem

Arun Gupta
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