Word 2007 - HELP! how do I turn off 'autocomplete' popup?


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Amanda Cass

IT moved us to Office 2007 yesterday lunchtime (in the middle of typing an
email, no less!!).

I hate, hate, hate, hate autocomplete (I often hit the enter key when it's
suggesting something I don't want and I end up with its suggestion in my
text). I've turned it off in all previous versions of Word, but it's
reappeared and I cannot find out how to get rid of it. I've looked all
through 'Word options' - including every item within autocorrect options -
and cannot see it. I've also looked in the quickparts options.

If anyone out there knows how I can kill it I'll be soo happy!

Thanks
 
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Pesach Shelnitz

Hi Amanda,

In Word 2007, click the Office Button, click Word Options, click
Proofreading, click Autocorrect Options, and then clear the check boxes for
the features that you want to disable.

If you are having other problems finding out how to do things in Word 2007
that you knew how to do in your previous version, there are some ways to make
the transition a little smoother. For one thing, you should know that any
sequence of keys that you pressed to open something from a Word 2003 menu
still works in Word 2007. You can still press Alt with the letter that opened
one of the Word 2003 menus followed by the appropriate letter for one of the
menu items to activate that menu item. Thus, pressing Alt+T and then O will
open the Options dialog box just like in Word 2003. If you remember such
sequences, you can still use them.

Also, the key combinations that performed tasks in Word 2003 still work in
Word 2007. For example, Cntrl+S still saves your document, Cntrl+A still
selects all, etc. Using key combinations always had the advantage that they
freed you from reaching for your mouse and from looking through menus and now
the ribbon.

There is a lot of information on the Web to help you with this transition. I
suggest that you check out the Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 Command
Reference Guide at
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HA100744321033.aspx. There is also a
useful guide at http://www.marshall.usc.edu/assets/003/5290.pdf, which shows
the Word 2007 equivalents for everything in the previous menus in one PDF
file. These are just two that I found helpful. There are many more.
 
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Pesach Shelnitz

Hi Amanda,

I omitted something very important in my previous post. If you want to turn
off the appearance of pop-ups for the automatic completion of dates, etc.,
there isn't an option in the UI to turn that off. Instead, press Alt+F11. In
the Visual Basic Editor, press Ctrl+F11, and in the Immediate pane, type
Application.DisplayAutoCompleteTips = False, and press Enter.
 
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Pesach Shelnitz

Hi Amanda,

Oops again! In my previous post I should have written press Ctrl+G (instead
of Ctrl+F11) to open the Immediate pane.

Sorry about the confusion,
Pesach
 
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Amanda Cass

Thank you Pesach, you've saved my sanity.

This second bit is the one that drives me mad. In previous versions you
could turn it off in the autocorrect options and it seems crazy to me that it
needs to be done in Visual Basic now - but that's the way things go.

I often type a date or a partial date on a line and then hit enter. For
example today, as part of a chronology, I've just typed 5 June 2009, on a
line on its own, and didn't want it changed to "2009-06-05" when I hit enter
for a new line. It's too easy to forget to put a spare space and to just hit
enter automatically.

I've been exploring and already made a lot of changes within the options,
have a permalink to the interactive guides and have fully populated my quick
access toolbar with my most common actions. I also use a lot of the keyboard
shortcuts and we've had really good briefings and information from IT, so the
transition's much easier than it might have been (certainly easier than from
2000 to 2003). It's just the odd little thing that will catch me out from
time to time.

:) :) :) :) :)
 
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Peter T. Daniels

[T]he
transition [from 2003 to 2007]'s much easier than it might have been (certainly easier than from
2000 to 2003).

Really! A frield of mine still has 2000, and I haven't encountered
anything done differently than in 2003 (he's called for help with some
more esoteric things). What did you find problematic?
 
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Graham Mayor

Peter said:
[T]he
transition [from 2003 to 2007]'s much easier than it might have been
(certainly easier than from 2000 to 2003).

Really! A frield of mine still has 2000, and I haven't encountered
anything done differently than in 2003 (he's called for help with some
more esoteric things). What did you find problematic?

One of the bigger changes was in the way mail merge worked. Many would argue
that 2000 handled it better than the changes that were introduced with Word
2002 and retained for 2003.
http://www.gmayor.com/mail_merge_labels_with_word_xp.htm

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