restore the right-click Autocorrect menu to Word 2016
In Word 2007 and 2010, if you misspelled a word, you could right click, and there, in the right-click menu, was an option for "Auto-Correct" with a fly-out menu to the right, with suggested words, and at the bottom "Autocorrect options." This menu allowed me to speed up my typing by adding corrections to the Autocorrect dictionary on the fly, letting Word learn my typing style and common mistakes.
Now, this is hidden in File, Options, Autocorrect, behind a series of obscure menus that take time, and hinder my workflow. If I'm on a typing roll, and inspiration hits, the red squiggles bother me the entire time, distracting me while typing, because now, I cannot correct them easily and on the fly, without it interrupting my thoughts.
This is a huge loss of functionality and I would like to have the right-click Autocorrect menu restored to Word.
We want to let you know that the Word team has heard your feedback, and they’re planning to restore right-click access to AutoCorrect options in Word 2016. If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you should see this change in a future update.
As always, thanks for your feedback. We appreciate it!
Javier Bonilla commented
I so regret buying Office with no right-click autocorrect. I should go back to Google Docs. Ever since Gates left this company provides a lousy product.
WHEN IS THIS FEATURE GOING TO BE RESTORED? WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR 7 YEARS!
Bruce Jeffery commented
As per all the other word / outlook users - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE restore right click autocorrect. it defies all logic as to why it was ever removed, and also as to why it has not been restored yet.
Please Mr Gates give it back to us - we love(d) it!
My web browser has updated and now no autocorrect on the right click in word
. I now get asked if I want an emoji ? I'm not 10, please sort it out.
Quick Question: Are there other options other than Word where they have Add-to-Dictionary?
Manually adding each wrong word and it's correction(s) to the dictionary would be tedious (I can't even imagine doing that).
Simply using Auto-Correct is a one time use only fix.
Maybe it's time to explore.
Very pleased you are working on that, will be a good functionality improvement.
I have another suggestion about spelling corrections. It comes from your competitor Google. When working in a Google doc or gmail, there are two features that seem to cut down efforts considerably:
1. I can check a word without having to right click. Until I discovered this, I did not realise how much time/effort a saving this is.
2. The offering an alternative box that comes up, is very close to the word itself, so it is a tiny mouse shift to click on the correct option. Again, I'm surprised at myslel how nice this tiny extra convenience felt. (Comment - the hierarchical spelling options in the word menu feels like a 1990s design that has not been updated - might be wrong but that's what it feels like to me).
Either or both of these changes should be compatible with MS Word and add to the usability. Best.
It took me a while and much frustration using Outlook on a mac to realise the change. It used to be a two finger click on the red underlined word but that now comes with 'look up meaning'. It now requires a single click for spelling options or rapid double click. It is different in a word doc!
Solution from:Arren Smith 865 on the website Chrome Book
"When you see a word highlighted in red indicating a misspelled word, you have to hover over the word, then tap once with TWO fingers. This will bring up a sub menu with options including a suggested corrected spelling. You can also scroll up/down and right/left using TWO fingers and dragging them on the mouse pad in the direction you want to scroll"
It worked out very well for me!
Richard Isaac commented
"As always, thanks for your feedback. We appreciate it!" - but apparently take no notice!
poor service on this one
MS - where's the fix? THIS REQUEST IS FOUR YEARS OLD.
I requested this in 2015. You replied then that you're working on it. Are you? Is it that hard? There are now 349 requests from standalone users. Or do you only care about Office 365 users? We did our part: we paid. Do your part: support the product.
Ditto - I thought I'd be a fan of Word 2013 - not. Can't believe they would go backwards on something so basic for keyboard fanatics.... SMH...
barb Roth commented
Feb 2020 it has been 2 years and Microsoft has not fixed this. This is a major problem for me
Still waiting for this, Microsoft.
Bad Bad Bad! It is so difficult to restore the old functionality, that was so good in Word 2010?????
Well, it is now 2019 and I just got Office 365 and I'm still awaiting autoCorrect on the right click menu...
Word 2016 is awful - why remove this feature?
Great news that this will be restored. In the meantime as a workaround you can add an autocorrect options button to the quick access toolbar
paul mc commented
Sorry again, this is in addition to my two comments below. in version 1908 home and business when using Word, the right-mouse does work to bring up the dialog box with autocorrect but the F7 to spellcheck does not. In version 1908 while in Outlook and Word both F7 and right-mouse do work. in version 1902 in Outlook, right-mouse does not work, but F7 does. in version 1902 in Word, right-mouse does not work, and F7 does not work.