Tech Tip: Make Word Work for You

Are you tired of typing the same thing over and over again?  Make Microsoft Word do the work for you by using the AutoCorrect feature to format your paper and save you from the task of typing and altering common repetitive terms to make them bold, italicized, underlined, or different font sizes in order to comply with The Bluebook rules of citation.

For example, instead of manually highlighting and italicizing each instance of id. in your document you can make Microsoft Word do it for you.

To make this change in Microsoft Word 2007 and later:

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Highlight id. in your document.
  3. Click on the File tab.
  4. Click on the Options link.
  5. In the Word Options window, click on Proofing.
  6. Click on the AutoCorrect Options button.
  7. In the Replace text as you type section, select the Formatted text option.
  8. In the Replace box, enter id., or whatever placeholder you would like in place of id (id. will already be in the With box because it was added after you highlighted it in step 2).
  9. Click Add and then Ok.


Now when you type id., it will automatically be reformatted to id.  This AutoCorrect rule will now apply to all of your Microsoft Word files.  If you don’t want this rule to apply to other documents you need to delete the entry from AutoCorrect.

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