Word.Tips.Net WordTips (Menu Interface)

Changing AutoComplete Words

Steven was having a problem with AutoComplete. It seems that his company name changed, and that AutoComplete was still suggesting his old company name as he typed, rather than his new one. Based on how the AutoComplete feature works (see the previous tip), it can be safely assumed that the company names (old and new) must share at least the same first four letters.

To correct this situation, all you need to do is remember that AutoComplete works hand-in-hand with Word's AutoText feature. If you want to change the word being suggested by AutoComplete, all you need to do is change the entries stored in AutoText. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose AutoText from the Insert menu and then choose AutoText from the submenu. Alternately, you can choose AutoCorrect from the Tools menu and then click on the AutoText tab. Either way, 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. In the list of AutoText entries, locate and select the old company name. (If the old company name is not visible, then use the Look In drop-down list to specify different templates in which the AutoText entry could be located.)
  4. Click on Delete. The old company name is deleted.
  5. In the Enter AutoText Entries Here box, enter the new company name.
  6. Click on Add.
  7. Close the AutoCorrect dialog box.

If you want more than just the company name set up as an AutoText entry—for instance, you want to include a larger block of text, including things like a company slogan or address—then you will follow steps that a bit different. Follow these steps after you complete step 3, above.

  1. In your document, type the text you want to use in the AutoText entry. For instance, type the company name along with its slogan or address.
  2. Select the text.
  3. Press Alt+F3. Word displays the Create AutoText dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  4. Figure 2. The Create AutoText dialog box.

  5. In the dialog box, enter the mnemonic you want used for this AutoText entry.
  6. Click on OK. The AutoText entry is completed.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1620) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Related Tips:

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!


Leave your own comment:

  Notify me about new comments ONLY FOR THIS TIP
Notify me about new comments ANYWHERE ON THIS SITE
Hide my email address
*What is 5+3 (To prevent automated submissions and spam.)
           Commenting Terms

Comments for this tip:

PD    06 Jun 2016, 18:03
Notepad++ has a great feature that offers autocomplete suggestions based on prior usage of a word in the present composition.

Is there a way to do same with MS Word, with or without add-ins?

ssp    17 Jan 2016, 15:33
I do not have an autotext tab!
Anon    18 Aug 2015, 12:35
I think I've found it. Beforehand, type in and select the text you want to add to (or revise in) your autotext autocomplete entries. Then go to this: Insert menu>Text>QuickParts>Autotext. Once you're there, you'll see the list of autotext entries, and at the bottom of your screen, a button that says "Save selection to Autotext Gallery". Click on it, and the text you've selected will pop up as an autocomplete suggestion. If it's replacing a similar entry (same first string of text), it'll ask you if you want to replace it.
Anon    18 Aug 2015, 12:27
This applies to and shows the GUI for Word 2003. But how does one do this for Word 2013? MS thankfully has restored the AutoComplete pop-up boxes in this version, but finding the list where the suggestions are stored, to modify it, seems impossible to me. Thanks.

Our Company

Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.

About Tips.Net

Contact Us


Advertise with Us

Our Privacy Policy

Our Sites


Beauty and Style




DriveTips (Google Drive)

ExcelTips (Excel 97–2003)

ExcelTips (Excel 2007–2016)



Home Improvement

Money and Finances


Pests and Bugs

Pets and Animals

WindowsTips (Microsoft Windows)

WordTips (Word 97–2003)

WordTips (Word 2007–2016)

Our Products

Helpful E-books

Newsletter Archives


Excel Products

Word Products

Our Authors

Author Index

Write for Tips.Net

Copyright © 2016 Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.