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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

        "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?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is indeed a completely stupid decision. How one can make such a decision is beyond my understanding. I want it back NOW.

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Found a work around of sorts. Not as quick as the right-click, but almost as fast.

        I'm working on a Mac, so if you're on a PC, you'll have to find the keyboard shortcut for the Spelling & Grammar check. On a Mac it is (opt + cmd + L).

        Once in there, there is a autocorrect button.

        Saves me a lot of time. But, the nitwit who took away the right-click option needs to put it back... ASAP.

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Purchased Office 365 in Dec. 2015 for my Mac. This was the sole purpose for my purchase as Pages does not have this feature. I was delighted with my purchase. I then was forced to uninstall and reinstall by tech support and now this feature is gone.

        It's indescribable how much this missing feature upsets me.

        Please right your wrong ASAP!!!

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm a tester for Office 2016, and as of this date, this sorely-missed feature is still missing. My first-born to whoever on the MS Office staff that can put this feature back in, plus my undying gratitude. It is simply impossible to believe that anyone who writes in English as a first language cannot, or fails to see the utility it this capability, or that thinks "It's easy; all you have to do is click file, then look at the options, then spin around in a circle ten times on one foot while holding your tongue out the right side of your mouth, then make the change to autocorrect" is "more convenient" or "Less clutter" than simply right-clicking a misspelled word, creating an entry for the wrong & right spelling, popping off two "Enter" keys to get back to the job of writing - which is what we use Word for - must be from a different planet. Or have an H1b...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        WHEN IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

        I have a 15-year-old MSO1033.acl file that is corrupt. It has moved with me through multiple machines, versions of Office and Windows, and across the country. I just spent 8 weeks and $1,500 and LOST 8 weeks of income because there's evidently no official way to pull the content out of the autocorrect file (since 2003, with the "support.dot"). Microsoft points to third-party volunteers' code for this. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS.

        However, my .acl might be FUBAR. In which case I'm going to have to remember, out of my own head, those 15 years' worth of entries. Approximately 8,000 of them. Because adding them from the text with that "cluttery" right-click "add to autocorrect" function is not available, despite outraged uproar from professional people who have depended on that function for their livelihoods.

        So I'd like to know exactly when this function will be restored, because that is when I can maybe look forward to actually trying to work for a living.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ha! Ha! When will this and other infuriating things like autocapitalization in autocorrect be fixed? What is it about your programmers? Do they have to break everything and then fix it?
        This is enough reason to stay on earlier office packages, ESPECIALLY on Mac!
        Remember: If it ain't broke, do not fix it...LEVE things that work, ALONE

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