Word: Turn off that annoying ‘insert date’ feature

September 6, 2010

When you start typing a date, Word wants to think for you and offers you the ‘option’ of completing it by pressing Enter. This happens by default in Word 2003 and 2007.

Word 2003

Word 2007

But if you’ve already typed the date and then press Enter, Word still wants to insert the date — and you get a very weird non date!

So, how do you turn this feature annoyance off? Well, it’s really easy in Word 2003, but it requires a Macro in Word 2007 — there’s no check box in Word 2007 to disable this autocomplete ‘feature’. Go figure.

Word 2003

  1. From the Insert menu, select AutoText > AutoText.
  2. Clear the Show AutoComplete suggestions check box on the AutoText tab.
  3. Click OK.

That’s it.

Word 2007

Create a macro containing the following code:

Application.DisplayAutoCompleteTips = False

(For details, see Stephan Blom’s response here: http://www.wordbanter.com/showthread.php?t=92243)

I have no idea why Word 2007 doesn’t allow a user to turn this off via a check box. If you’re using Word 2010, do you know whether this functionality has returned?

[Links last checked September 2010]


  1. My problem is that I want (need) AutoComplete Suggestions to show up in that hover box for the other entries in AutoText, but not for date. The date is the one thing I do not want or need the date to be “auto-completed,” and it is the one thing in AutoText I cannot delete or get rid of.

    Is there a way to turn off AutoComplete for the date ONLY, without turning it off for ALL AutoText entries?

  2. Hi George

    A quick internet search came up with two solutions:
    * http://word.herbtyson.com/?p=76
    * http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2007-word/word-2007-removing-message-press-enter-to-insert/1bf0cfd4-f94e-45ce-8b63-3e881fb42d30

    I haven’t tested either of them (they are very similar), but from the comments both options work well.


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