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Article ID: 291473 - Last Review: July 12, 2013 - Revision: 8.1

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You can automatically format a document in Microsoft Word 2010 and in earlier versions either as you type or all at the same time. In both cases, you can control which automatic changes Word makes, and you can also turn off automatic formatting options. This step-by-step article describes how to turn off AutoFormat options.

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AutoFormat works in the following ways:
  • Word automatically formats items such as headings, bulleted and numbered lists, borders, numbers, and symbols as you type your document. You can control which automatic changes Word makes, or you can turn AutoFormat off completely.
  • You can automatically format selected document text or the whole unformatted document, such as an email message, when you click AutoFormat on the Format menu. You can review, accept, or reject each change.
  • By default, the AutoFormat command is not available on the Ribbon in Word 2007 or later versions. If you want to manually format selected document text or the whole unformatted document in Word 2007 or later versions, you can use the AutoFormat command.
By default, AutoFormat options are turned "on" the first time that you start Word. You can turn off the options that you do not want.

Turn off AutoFormat options

To turn off automatic formatting options that Word applies, follow the steps for the version of Word that you are running.

Word 2013, Word 2010 or Word 2007

Word 2003 or Word 2002


For more information about how to turn off AutoFormat options and what each AutoFormat option means, click the following article:  

Undo or turn off automatic formatting (

For more information about AutoFormat options in Word, press F1 and search for autoformat in Microsoft Word Help.

Applies to
  • Microsoft Word 2013
  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002
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