After making the above post, I did some more googling. I did this on your behalf and mine. I did not use the AutoComplete
function in MS Word 2003, because I used AutoHotKey for that. However, I was curious to know why AutoComplete had been removed and what it could be replaced by in MS Word 2007 - I used to be a "power user" of MS Word 2003, but I don't tend to need to use Word 2007 to the same extent, nowadays.
The googling brought up this post in a Yahoo discussion forum: How to turn on Auto complete on MS Word 2007?
So this is what I did:
Click on the Office Button.
Click on Word options.
Click on Customize.
Change dropdown menu from Popular Commands to All Commands.
Scroll down till you find the Autoformat icons.
Click on the button icon called "Autoformat Dialog". (On mouse hover, this is identified as a command that does not appear in the Ribbon.)
Click on "Add" (this adds the buutton to your Quick Access Toolbar.
Use the up/down arrows to position the button in the order you want it to appear on the Quick Access Toolbar.
Click on "OK".
You should now have the "Autoformat Dialog" button in the position you wanted it in the Quick Access Toolbar.
Click on the "Autoformat Dialog" button.
Click on Options.
Click on the AutoCorrect tab.
You can then type in the part-words you want to be auto-corrected (or auto-completed) and the full string/phrase that you want it to become - e.g., "JSa" could become "John Smith" (note that putting capital letters in the part-word seems to make it case-sensitive).
Having got this far, I have to say that I shall not be using the AutoCorrect
feature in MS Word 2007, as AutoHotKey enables me to have this functionality across all the applications where I might be typing text in
- i.e., not just in Word.
However, it seems as though there is a lot of extra clever stuff you could do with this and other features in Word 2007, and it might be worth considering these features if you spend a lot of time writing in and using Word. For example, the Yahoo post says:
."..as one answerer has said, just start typing a couple of characters and press F3. Have you thought though of utilising some of the unused keys to put phrses etc into autocorrect so that when you tap perhaps the grave key next to number 1 key (which has 3 symbols on) it can be used to bring in a phrase, a picture, a whole document even, or consign to macros."