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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Using AutoCorrect

Writer’s AutoCorrect function has a long list of common misspellings and typing errors, which it corrects automatically. For example, “hte†will be changed to “theâ€. Select Tools > AutoCorrect to open the AutoCorrect dialog box. There you can define what strings of text are corrected and how. In most cases, the defaults are fine.


AutoCorrect is automatically turned on. To turn it off, uncheck Format > Autoformat > While Typing.

  • To stop Writer replacing a specific spelling, use Tools > AutoCorrect > Replace, highlight the word pair and click Delete.

  • To add a new spelling to correct, type it into the Replace and With boxes and click New.

  • See the different tabs of the dialog box for the wide variety of other options available to fine-tune AutoCorrect.


AutoCorrect can be used as a quick way to insert special characters. For example, (c) will be autocorrected to ©. You can add your own special characters.

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