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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.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        YES SERIOUSLY when will this happen? I'm reverting back to 2011 over this. I value my time. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft does not.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, I agree James. I've just been fiddling with auto-correct, and the 'drama' of going to menu, selecting this, selecting that, changing this, changing that, is more of a hindrance. I've just updated to Office 365, and am thinking that it's not worth the bother - Word 2010 was much better. If Microsoft is going to make 'improvements', perhaps they should know that 'to improe' actually means 'to make a better product', not a worse one!

      • Mário Mourão commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        They still didn´t fix it. I just can´t believe that something so present in every version of Word I know was simply taken away for absolutely no reason!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "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"
        (Admin, Word Product Team MSFT, Office.com, February 12 2016)

        Does anyone else think that with the sheer amount of updates that we have to deal with MFST a little AutoCorrect request that was made in December 2015 is not too much to ask for?

      • Nick Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        VERY, VERY interesting. Here in mid June 2018 my word just started working again. Guess I am lucky until the next failure.

        Here is what I was doing to make it work. I was sorting down thru all the reports of this Bug, and I got to a workaround or two. One had a link, I think this was down near Feb 2016, open that had a long document using Visual Basic to fix this problem. The link was too long to print from the web page in a format I liked so I copy and paisted it into Word.

        Then I realized. Hay, I just used context menu. It worked. And so I tried to correct a word flagged as spelled wrong. And sure enough, there were three or for options to spell it another way and Add to Dictionary.

        So it was fixed. One thing not fixed that I have really begun to like.

        In doing my paist, when you right click and the box comes open to copy with foremating, merge, and text only.

        At one time the options would show how they would look in your document. I WANT THIS BACK!

      • Nick Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have the SAME PROBLEM. HERE IN MID JUNE. There is a slight difference. Mine comes and goes. It would help to have a way to turn it on.

        IT WOULD BE BEST TO PERMENTLY FIX IT SO IT ALWAYS WORKS-HOW DO YOU EXPECT ANYWONE TO CORRECT SPELLING IF YOU ARE NOT OFFERED A WAY TO DO IT!

        Office 365 subscribed useer (or however you spell that word)
        Nick

      • GG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As this feature is obviously not coming back could people please post here ways to export the autocorrect list into another Word processing programme? Thanks!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm anxious to see it restored as well. I often make the same spelling mistakes over and over again. I love the autocorrect feature that reminds me and fixes it each time I misspell. But now it's too hard to go through a bunch of steps to add new autocorrections. It really should be back on the right-click menu. Why was it taken off?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        well please get on with it. I need it too. Or tell me how to put autocorrect into the tools bar on top of the page.

      • Cheesus Toaster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have used this for about 5 minutes and immediately noticed that this feature has been "forgotten". So they just happened to miss it? The original post on this page was in Dec 2015 - it is now June 2016. This cannot be for real... am I going to have to revert back to Word 2007 until this gets fixed?

      • Michael Eyestone commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        12 February 2016: You tell us you're going to fix this.
        2 June 2016: Nope, not yet.

        Everyone sleeping in Redmond?

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