Why is the right click > AutoCorrect menu missing from Word 2016?
I’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
- File > Options > Customize Ribbon
- On the Main Tabs list on the right
- From the menu tree, left-click-select and highlight Review
- Click New Group
- Rename this new group ‘AutoCorrect’ and click OK
- Select Commands Not in the Ribbon from the Choose commands from drop down menu
- Scroll a short way down to find the AutoCorrect Options entry with the icon on its left
- With this and the new menu selected, click Add >> to add it to the new menu
Assign the keyboard shortcut in Word 2016
- Click the Customize keyboard shortcuts button on the bottom left of the Customize Ribbon options panel
- Select Commands Not in the Ribbon on the left and find ToolsAutoCorrect on the right
- Put your cursor in the Press new shortcut key: text box and type your new shortcut (e.g. Ctrl+Shift+\)
- Make sure Save changes in: is set to Normal.dotm and then press Assign.
- If you’d like to add more custom keyboard shortcuts, do so, otherwise click Close and OK to return to your document
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.