Add AutoCorrect Options to Word 2013 or Word 2016

Introduction to DocTools AddAutoCorrect

DocTools AddAutoCorrect is an add-in for
Microsoft Word 2013 and Microsoft Word 2016 on PC.

Are you using Word 2013 or Word 2016 and are you missing AutoCorrect Options when you right-click in a spelling error?

This add-in adds AutoCorrect Options and Set Proofing Language to the right-click menu that appears when you right-click in text marked as a spelling error in Word.

You will find more details about the add-in below.

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Added AutoCorrect commands

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Version number:

Release date:

Supported Word versions:

1.2 (see Changelog for info about versions and changes)

January 15, 2016

Word 2013, Word 2016 on PC

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Remember to uninstall the old version if you have installed an earlier version of the add-in
The functionality will not work correctly if you have more than one version of the DocTools AddAutoCorrect add-in installed at the same time. Uninstall the old version. See Support - How to > Uninstall an add-in.

More details about the DocTools AddAutoCorrect features

When you right-click in a word marked as a spelling error in Word 2013 or Word 2016, the right-click menu with available commands is much shorter than in earlier versions of Word. One of the commands that are missing is the AutoCorrect Options command that allows you to immediately add a word to the collection of AutoCorrect entries.

Why was the AutoCorrect Options command removed?

As you can read in the article Changes in Office 2013 the removal of AutoCorrect Options is an intentional change made by Microsoft. Under the heading "Reasons for change" Microsoft describes this change as follows:

"To make Word 2013 cleaner and less cluttered, we removed AutoCorrect and certain formatting tools from the spelling error context menu."

and under the heading ”Benefits”:

"Less clutter in the spelling error context menu. This enables users to find popular commands more quickly. In addition, the spelling error context menu now fits better on the screen."

According to the number of question and complaints from people who are missing the easy access to AutoCorrect Options in Word 2013 and Word 2016 that was not a wise decision. As you can read below, Microsoft has listened to the complaints.

The AutoCorrect Options command is on its way back into the context Spelling menu in Word 365

Microsoft has added the AutoCorrect Options command back into Office 365 (which is currently Office 2016) but you may not yet have a version that includes the feature - in that case it should appear at some point in the future during an update.

The AutoCorrect feature has been implemented differently than it was before Microsoft removed it. If your version of Office 365 is sufficiently new to include the added feature, you will find a Spelling submenu as the first item in the context menu that appears when you right-click in a word marked as a spelling error.

The Spelling submenu contains spelling suggestions, if any. If you click the arrow next to a spelling suggestion, you will find a menu that includes e.g. Add to AutoCorrect and AutoCorrect Options.  If Word has no spelling suggestions, you will find the AutoCorrect Options command at the first level of the Spelling submenu. I do not find the implementation very user-friendly, though. Accessing commands at the 3rd level isn't practical and you always need to go to level 2 alone to select a spelling suggestion. Anyway, having the feature back is absolutely an improvement.

If you have a perpetual license to Office 2016, the AutoCorrect feature may not be added. 

As long as you don't have the AutoCorrect feature, you can take advantage of the DocTools AddAutoCorrect add-in.

Install DocTools AddAutoCorrect and get AutoCorrect Options back

The add-in will add the commands to the bottom of the spelling right-click menu. In Word 2010 and earlier versions, the AutoCorrect Options command is found in the AutoCorrect submenu. Microsoft mentions “clutter” as a reason for removing the AutoCorrect Options. Instead of adding the commands under an AutoCorrect submenu, I have added them directly to the bottom of the menu at the first level as illustrated in the Introduction section.

Icon in Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

​​DocTools AddAutoCorrect adds an icon to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT). The icon lets you open a dialog box with information about the add-in. In addition, the dialog box includes a link to this website for easy access to further information and other add-ins.

When you install the add-in, this icon is added to the QAT.

When you install the add-in, this icon is added to the QAT.

Check spelling as you type must be ON for the extra commands to appear

Word includes many context menus. When you right-click, Word will show a context menu that is relevant to the place you right-click. The commands added by DocTools AddAutoCorrect are added to the Spelling context menu. That specific context menu is triggered and shown by Word if you right-click in a word that is marked as a spelling error by Word, i.e. the word must show a red squiggly underline. This requires that you have turned on File > Options > Proofing > Check spelling as you type. If the option is not turned on, the Spelling context menu will never be shown.

What happens if you install the add-in in Word 2007 or Word 2010?

I have made the add-in so that it checks the actual version of Word. If you are using Word 2007 or Word 2010, the add-in will not add any commands to the Spelling right-click menu. This way it makes no harm. But there is no need to install it with other versions than Word 2013 or Word 2016.

What happens if you have installed the earlier 1.0 version, DocTools AddAutoCorrect 2013?

The functionality will not work correctly if you have both the previous version 1.0, DocTools AddAutoCorrect 2013, and version 1.1, DocTools AddAutoCorrect, installed at the same time. Uninstall the old version. See Support - How to > Uninstall an add-in.

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