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How do I turn off automatic correction and formatting?

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How do I turn off automatic correction and formatting?


OpenOffice.org is configured by default to perform certain automatic formatting and correction as you type. This can be very useful, but can also lead to unexpected results.

You can learn to use this feature, or if you prefer you can turn all or some of the automatic formatting off. You can either:

  • Turn ALL off/on: under Format > AutoCorrect > While Typing.
  • Turn some off/on: under Tools > AutoCorrect Options, click various tabs to choose different correcting and formatting functions. The AutoCorrect tabs include [Replace], [Exceptions], [Options], [Localized Options] and [Word Completion].


The table below describes some of the default behaviours and which AutoCorrect setting controls them.

What I key in

What I get

Function name

AutoCorrect tab type

The man -- yes, him!
The man--yes, him!

The man – yes, him!
The man—yes, him!

Replace dashes

Replace,
Options

1/2 1/4 3/4

½ ¼ ¾

the replacement table

Replace

abotu

about

the replacement table

Replace,
Options

My acct. job brings me fun each day.

The lowercase 'j' is not capitalized even though it is preceded by a full stop.

the exception table

Exceptions

XImport

Ximport

Correct two initial capitals

Options

coordination

Coordination

Capitalize first letter of every sentence

Options

*Hello* _world_

Hello world

Automatic bold and underline

Options

www.openoffice.org
john@sun.com

www.openoffice.org
john@sun.com

URL recognition

Options

1. bottle of milk
<Enter>

1. bottle of milk
2.

Apply numbering

Options

---<Enter>, or
===<Enter>, or
___<Enter>

a horizontal border line is created

Apply border

Options

+---+---+

a table

Create table

Options

My title
<Enter>
<Enter>

My title

Apply styles

Options

* one <Enter>

• one

(In order to start the bullet list, type an asterisk, press <Space>, type a word and hit <Enter>. The <Space> is critical.)

Replace bullets

Options

<2_spaces>

The second space doesn't appear

Ignore double spaces

Options

1st, 2nd, 4th

1st, 2nd, 4th

Format ordinal numbers suffixes

Localized Options

<Shift> + "

« or another typographical quote

Custom quotes

Localized Options

Int <End>

Int|roduction|
(The word is completed after pressing <End>; some other keys such as <Enter> or <Space> can be set to trigger this function.)

Word completion

Word Completion


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