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!
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
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.
Sorry, this is in addition to my posting below. my comment below is for version 1902 build 11328.20392 of Office when in Outlook and Word. When I just checked a different machine running home and business version 1908 build 11929.20254, the functionality does work in both Outlook and Word. if I enter the misspelling disctionary and both right click, or use the F7, I do get the autocorrect option to add the autocorrect of dictionary for the incorrect spelling of disctionary. Version 1908 of Home and Business does have the functionality exactly as I would want. Thanks, this does help allowing me to be a sloppy typist.
just to be sure there is no misunderstanding, Outlook has this functionality and it was never taken away. if you author an email in Outlook and in the body of the message you type the word disctionary then use the F7 to spellcheck before sending the message, the dialog box opens up with the correct spelling of dictionary as a suggestion. And that dialog box has the options "change" "change all" and "autocorrect". all we are looking for is the option to add the misspelling into the autocorrect list to be autocorrected the next time I misspell disctionary.
we are in 2019 and just been assigned this new office suite. I still cannot access this option in teh contextual menu. So bad
Well, it is 4 years later, and my Office 365 does not have auto-correct in the right-click menu.
When is this feature going to be restored?
Why take out a good thing??? No longer being able to double click is so frustrating.
Please add autocorrect right click facility. desperately needed for people with dyslexia
When I right click on a misspelled word that is underlined as misspelled it no longer pops up a suggestion to use. I have tried changing setting and that did not help. Any ideas?
It sounds like the missing context menu functionality has been restored for Office 365 subscribers. Are there any plans to restore the functionality for Office 2016 .MSI installs?
Like most of the others - I get nothing when I right click on a misspelled word. HELP! Please make right click auto-correct standard or tell me how to load it back.
Charles Kenyon commented
I stand corrected. The return is a bit subtle but it is there.
Right-click on spelling error brings up shortened context menu.
If that has one or more suggestions, each will have a menu extension triangle on the right.
Clicking on that will bring four choices for that suggestion:
- Read Aloud
- Change All
- Add to AutoCorrect
- AutoCorrect Options
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Charles - that is weird. Mine has been updated to Version 1811 (Build 11029.20079) and the right click auto-correct is definitely still there (I'm not making this up!). I'm not sure how it can be possible that it appears for some people and not others. Unless there are different versions of Office? Mine is Home and Business 2016. Really disappointing to hear that this hasn't been sorted for everyone, I really thought it had been fixed...
Charles Kenyon commented
December 2018 - almost three years since promised. Still not working.
Ross, it isn't working in build 1811.
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