Add AutoCorrect Options to Word 2013 or Word 2016

New version released January 15, 2016.
This add-in was originally published as DocTools AddAutoCorrect 2013. Since the add-in now also applies to Word 2016, the name has been changed.

  • DocTools AddAutoCorrect - Introduction
  • More Details
  • How to Install the Add-In

Click the Introduction tab for basic information about the DocTools AddAutoCorrect add-in.

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 that was not a wise decision.

​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 on the Introduction tab.

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.

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​.

Click the FREE DOWNLOAD tab to download this add-in for free.

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