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Deleting an AutoText Entry

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Deleting an AutoText Building Block.

There are several reasons why you would want to remove an AutoText entry. The biggest reason is that you just don't need the entry any more. For instance, you may have defined a group of AutoText entries for a particular job you were doing. When the job is over, it is best to remove the AutoText entries. To remove AutoText entries, follow these steps:

  1. Select the AutoText option from the Insert menu, and then choose the AutoText option from the resulting submenu. Word displays the AutoText tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The AutoText tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.

  3. Select the name of your AutoText from the name list. You can use the preview area to make sure you selected the right AutoText name.
  4. Click on the Delete button and your entry vanishes.
  5. Click on OK to close the AutoCorrect dialog box.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1105) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Deleting an AutoText Building Block.

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Comments for this tip:

Sophia    18 Aug 2016, 12:09
I have Microsoft 2003 and there is currently an autotext message of a past owners name that show up on every e-mail and I am trying to delete it however it isn't even shown in the list of autocorrect entries. Is there another way to delete it?
Riecke    04 May 2014, 16:44
OK, my Insert does not contain AutoText. I have an icon for it, though.

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