Turning Off Automatic Capitalization

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 9, 2013)

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As you are typing away on a document, you may have noticed that periodically Word will second-guess what you are doing and capitalize words for you. In general, Word does this when it thinks you are starting a new sentence. If you find yourself undoing Word's decisions on this issue quite a bit, you can turn off the feature completely by following these steps:

  1. Choose AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the AutoCorrect dialog box.
  2. Make sure the AutoCorrect tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The AutoCorrect dialog box.

  4. Clear the Capitalize First Letter of Sentences check box.
  5. Click on OK.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-10-31 19:01:58

Greg Carlson

How do I turn off the "Capitalize the first letter of sentences" function?


2015-10-27 20:32:00

Sue

I second Walter. "Shift-enter" turns off capitalization. Can't get any simpler than that.


2015-02-26 14:13:54

Walter

Use "Shift-Enter" to start a new line without capitalization.

Don't turn off autocapitalization.


2014-12-18 11:28:12

MH

I have EXACTLY the same problem as Gates. Each blue squiggle requires me to "ignore" it in order to proof the word properly. It drives me crazy! I want to turn it off, and the obvious doesnt work (as described above).


2014-05-29 09:14:00

Buflojohn

I had the same problem.
However I found that if you also uncheck
the "Replace text as you type" box it will take of the problem.


2013-08-06 02:31:31

GatesMW50C

I did EXACTLY what you said, autocorrect his selected, unchecked the boxes for capitalizing the 1st letter, AND the 1st letter of Table Cells
and hit OK. Office 2013 CONTINUES to CAPITALIZE the first line of each line regardless. What's up with this?



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