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How to Fix AutoCorrect in Word 2016

Why is the right click > AutoCorrect menu missing from Word 2016?

how to enable right click autocorrect options in word 2016I’ve always liked using Office. Sure, it has its problems, but over the years I’ve just learned to work around them or with them. I also have Office for my Mac which is, honestly, rubbish. As I’m a really sloppy typist, the most rubbish part of Office for Mac is the lack of AutoCorrect options when right clicking. I always thought this was a deliberate act of spite on Microsoft’s part, but alas no, as they have now inflicted this on PC users with Word 2016.

Click the image on the right to see how daft it is to have left out this option. A fresh, out-of-the-box installation of Word 2016 doesn’t have ‘Microsoft’s’ in the dictionary. In any previous version of Word you would right click > AutoCorrect > AutoCorrect Options and then tell Word how you want AutoCorrect to handle the new word, in this case, capitalising the first letter. Now compare this to the limited options available in Word 2016.

I can’t wait for a non-specific update at a non-specified time in the sometime future…

Complaints about this and requests for its reinstatement have been made to Microsoft and they say they are listening. More, they say they are actively working to put it back in, although without any commitment to a timescale.

Well, I can’t wait for a non-specific update at a non-specified time in the sometime future, so I’ve done the next best thing and customised the ribbon and added a keyboard shortcut to open up the AutoCorrect Options dialogue box.

This is how I fixed it

Add AutoCorrect Option to the Review ribbon in Word 2016

  1. File > Options > Customize Ribbon
  2. On the Main Tabs list on the right
  3. From the menu tree, left-click-select and highlight Review
  4. Click New Group
  5. Rename this new group ‘AutoCorrect’ and click OK
  6. Select Commands Not in the Ribbon from the Choose commands from drop down menu
  7. Scroll a short way down to find the AutoCorrect Options entry with the icon on its left
  8. With this and the new menu selected, click Add >> to add it to the new menu


Add AutoCorrect Option to the Review ribbon in Word 2016

Add AutoCorrect Option to the Review ribbon in Word 2016


Add AutoCorrect Option to the Review ribbon in Word 2016

Add AutoCorrect Option to the Review ribbon in Word 2016


Assign the keyboard shortcut in Word 2016

  1. Click the Customize keyboard shortcuts button on the bottom left of the Customize Ribbon options panel
  2. Select Commands Not in the Ribbon on the left and find ToolsAutoCorrect on the right
  3. Put your cursor in the Press new shortcut key: text box and type your new shortcut (e.g. Ctrl+Shift+\)
  4. Make sure Save changes in: is set to Normal.dotm and then press Assign.
  5. If you’d like to add more custom keyboard shortcuts, do so, otherwise click Close and OK to return to your document
Assign the keyboard shortcut in Word 2016

Assign the keyboard shortcut in Word 2016


Now when I type the shortcut, the AutoCorrect Options dialogue opens and I can add or remove words as I please and the world is at peace once more.

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  • George

    January 19, 2017 at 3:43 am | Reply

    Thank you.

    • Lloyd Bosworth

      January 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Reply

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you found the post helpful.

  • Val

    January 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Reply

    Thanks for these instructions. I wasn’t able to follow every step exactly, but I was able to create a shortcut that brings up the auto-correct box. What I have isn’t as good as the former auto-correct option in spell-check in Word 2010. I want to check with you to make sure I’ve got what you think I should have. It’s the auto-correct box, but instead of the misspelled word showing (like it used to), I have to type in the misspelled word as well as the correct spelling. Is this the way it’s supposed to work?

    • Lloyd Bosworth

      January 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm | Reply

      Hi Val, yes that’s it, I’m afraid. This workaround really doesn’t match the functionality of the pre-2016 Office AutoCorrect, but it’s as close as I’ve managed to get.

      What I do is double-click on the typo to select it and then Ctrl+C copy. Then shortcut to open the AutoCorrect dialogue and Ctrl+V paste the word into the field.

      A royal pain in the arse process to go through all for the sake of the missing AutoCorrect options on right-click. Unfortunately, Microsoft are showing no intention of reimplementing it.

  • nyambol

    February 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm | Reply

    Works, but note that I didn’t find ToolsAutoCorrect in the “Review Tab” but in a collection named “Commands Not in the Ribbon.” I did select the command option with the icon to the left. Also, a selected text appears in the ‘with’ box when the options dialog opens, which of course is a typical Microsoft goof. OpenOffice makes the autocorrect process so much easier and more flexible.(For one thing, it puts the selected misspelled word in the “replace” box. Doh!)


    • Lloyd Bosworth

      February 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Reply

      I’m glad you found it useful and thanks for pointing out the error in step 2 of assigning a keyboard shortcut. I’ve now updated the post and added images.

      And yeah, adding the typo to the replace box is pretty much typical for Microsoft!

  • Richard Bassett

    April 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Reply

    Thank you for this work-around, but pressing “Alt-t, a” will bring up the same dialogue.

    By the way, irrespective of how the dialogue is opened, if you select the word in question before opening the dialogue, the word will appear in the Replace box.

    I do wish that MS would restore this function to the right-click menu and, even more importantly, to the options when running a spellcheck. That’s when it’s a real time-saver, and there is no substitute for it.

  • Tamara Shipp

    April 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Reply

    Thank you, although this is a ridiculously complicated solution to what used to be so easy before. I couldn’t get my old version of Word to load on my new computer, and learning to use new versions of apps is not my best event. Your help is much appreciated.

  • James Farrant

    April 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm | Reply


    I just wanted to say thank you. I’m a professional editor and I’ve been frustrated by the incredible oversight of not including an easy ‘add to AutoCorrect’ feature that didn’t involve navigating through several menus for a simple typo.


  • Bacawind

    April 6, 2017 at 4:26 am | Reply

    Thank you SO very very much!

  • Simon

    May 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Reply

    Thanks for taking the time to write this up!
    I am stuck, however, since I don’t seem to be able to rename the new group that I created.
    The default name is “New Group (Custom)” – and no matter what I try, I can’t rename it. Any thoughts?

  • John McConchie

    May 30, 2017 at 11:24 pm | Reply

    Look at this website where the author has prepared a fix for the problem you are describing – see http://gregmaxey.com/word_tip_pages/customize_shortcut_menu.html#WACR. Some ways down the webpage, he has a title and a column in which he explains how he has created a template to give us back our old right click autocorrect. I have applied it to the my system and it works! Thanks so much to Greg Maxey for sharing!

    • Nuno

      July 25, 2018 at 10:45 am | Reply

      Thank you so much for the tip! You saved my life! I want, need and like efficiency, and this add-on really helps with that!

  • Tom

    November 20, 2017 at 4:58 am | Reply

    You are a genius!

  • Netty

    February 2, 2018 at 6:05 am | Reply

    Give that man a medal! Thanks 🙂

  • Deborah Anne

    February 19, 2018 at 11:09 pm | Reply

    Installed Word 2016 two weeks ago after using 2010 for eons! I am a medical transcriptionist and had a ton of autocorrect and autotext but my old beast of a computer died and I wasn’t able to save the acl files to save to my new computer. The frustration of the new changes of autocorrect with 2016 was becoming the bane of my life but what you have described here has worked perfectly and certainly a better option than the steps they had a person do. I still can’t believe they took out autocorrect but at least this saves many mouse clicks and lots of time. Thank you Lloyd!

    • Lloyd Bosworth

      February 27, 2018 at 10:25 am | Reply

      You’re welcome, Deborah. I’m glad to hear that this is making your work easier. It certainly helped me!

  • Claire McAllister

    March 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Reply

    Hi Lloyd,

    You’re a font of knowledge! Work has just upgraded me to this version office and I was pulling my hair out.
    This works a treat in Word 2016, however is there any shortcut available for Outlook? I’m triple checking everything I email at the moment as my old auto-correct entries are gone with this upgrade.

  • Rick Martin

    July 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm | Reply

    Thank You , Thank you , THANK YOU

  • Simple Man

    August 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Reply

    Thanks for this tip. I’m mystified why it was necessary to remove it in the first place except for MS to create a reason for a new release. Anyway, this functionality seems critical for anyone who spends time creating large documents. Just a great walkthrough on your part–certainly helped extinguish my smouldering discontent.

  • Henry S. Winokur

    September 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Reply

    I found this (https://wordaddins.com/products/add-autocorrect-options-to-word-2013-or-word-2016/) as another possible solution. I haven’t tried it, but am seriously thinking about it.

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