windows XP suddenly stopped autocorrecting.

January 27, 2011 at 10:21:59
Specs: Windows XP
Besides the many entries in Autocorrect, I have added many for my personal use. Suddenly, it stopped functioning. They are still stored, just not working.

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January 27, 2011 at 16:06:41
I have added many for my personal use

There used to be a 7000 limit to Autocorrect entries, see here:

but that was for Word 6. Not sure what the limit is now.

That being said, you could try trimming your Autocorrect entries and see if that helps.


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January 27, 2011 at 16:37:12
You could also have a corrupted template file. The file.

You could try to create a new clean template,
but be aware that removing causes Word to create a new BLANK one,
so you lose ALL of your default settings such as AutoText entries, custom toolbars, and macros and will have to recreate them.

To get a new clean template:
Close Word and do a search of your computer for file and rename it. Something like normal.old.

When you launch Word, it will look for and since it can't find it, it will recreate a new clean one.

Be aware that on XP the file is a hidden system file and may not show up when you do a search for it. 

If you are unable to find it,
Go to My Computer
Click the Tools menu
Choose Folder Options. 
Click on the View Tab
Put a check where it says, "Show hidden files and folders"
and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types"
and "Hide protected operating system files". 

If you still can't find it, look here:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

Once you have a new start adding your entries a few at a time and see what happens.


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