Word: Turn off that annoying ‘insert date’ featureSeptember 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.
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.
- From the Insert menu, select AutoText > AutoText.
- Clear the Show AutoComplete suggestions check box on the AutoText tab.
- Click OK.
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?
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