Excel 2010: AutoCorrect Options

AutoCorrect entries simply replace a text error or shortcut with the correct or longer version. For example, typing “teh” will automatically correct to “the”. This feature has a long list of entries which you may wish to change, remove or add to.

Select the File tab, Options and go to the Proofing tools page. Click on AutoCorrect Options to see the dialog box and list, and the Replace and With boxes to add your own. Whatever is typed in the Replace box in the future will be automatically changed to your With entry, unless you switch the feature off with the Replace Text As You Type check box half way down the page.

AutoCorect list If this feature is left switched on, certain Exceptions can be added to the rules with the button on the right, as these examples show.

AutoCorrect Exceptions

Excel 2010: Creating Custom Lists

There are many built in lists in Excel, numerical, date/time, text and numerical, and some text entries for month and day (try typing Jan in a cell and replicate the sequence down with the bottom right corner of the cell). For sequences that are not immediately available, Excel gives you the option of creating your own customised text lists.

Go to the File tab and select Options. On the Advanced page (tab at the left), scroll down to the General section where you see the Edit Custom Lists button. Click to open the dialog box.

Adding a custom listIf you have a list already in a spreadsheet, select the cells first. Now go to the Custom Lists dialog box and use the Import button to save retyping the entries.