Using AutoComplete Tips

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 8, 2015)

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Word includes a nifty little feature called AutoComplete. This feature uses what Microsoft calls AutoComplete tips. These are used when you are typing AutoText phrases or even the names of months. As you type, Word will bring up a little yellow box above the incomplete word. If you then press F3 or the Tab key, Word automatically finishes the phrase. You may have noticed this if you ever typed in the name of a month, such as January.

To enable or disable the AutoComplete tips feature, follow these steps:

  1. Select AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the AutoCorrect dialog box.
  2. Click your mouse on the AutoText tab. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The AutoText tab of the AutoCorrect dialog box.

  4. Depending on your version of Word, select either the Show AutoComplete Tip for AutoText and Dates option or the Show AutoComplete Suggestions option to enable this feature, or deselect the option if you no longer want it.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1750) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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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What is 8 - 1?

2016-11-04 05:39:32

Guy

you can try lightkey if you want text auto completion in Word. just go to lightkey.io and give it a shot.


2016-08-29 03:54:50

harvey

I am frustrated by WORD 2016! I cannot figure a way to use Autocomplete (NOT autocorrect), where, similarity to the word "January", I can define words that, when I type the first few letters, Word prompts me to complete the word with a press of the Return key.

Any ideas????


2016-08-09 08:42:00

mas

auto text is not threre word 2007


2015-07-27 03:04:15

N.K.Gupta

K.Attn - Mr Allen Wyatt,

Mine is MS Word 2007. i am unable to find "tools" in my Word file, although "tools" is seen with the folder containg all type of files, including Word. Bu that tools does not contain AutoText tab or any near the screen-shot shown here.
Pl help!
NK


2013-11-30 10:08:50

Robert Salzman

Allen,

Thank you for the prompt reply.

I know that the autotext tab is supposed to be there, but it is not. I am trying to figure out how to fix this problem.


2013-11-29 15:12:09

awyatt

Robert,

The screen shot used in this tip is from Word 2003. I just checked on my system, and the AutoText tab is there.

-Allen


2013-11-29 13:58:12

Robert Salzman

I have office 2003. In Word, there is no "AutoText" tab in the AutoCorrect dialog box or in the Insert tab. How do I correct this?


2012-04-12 11:27:08

Nancy Allman-Bull

With Word 2010 Can I EDIT the suggested text???


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