To disable an AutoFormat feature, so it does not affect you as you type:
Choose Tools → AutoCorrect Options.
Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
Deselect the option and click OK.
- You can turn the option on again by returning to Tools ? AutoCorrect Options and reselecting the option.
- The AutoFormat As You Type options do not retroactively replace text that already exists. They only affect new text that you type.
- You should also configure the options on the AutoFormat tab. These options cause AutoFormat changes to be applied to a document when it is opened.
You will probably want to disable:
The AutoFormat feature that turns Internet and e-mail addresses into hyperlinks. Choose Tools ? AutoCorrect, click the AutoFormat and AutoFormat As You Type tabs and clear the Internet option on each.
The AutoFormat As You Type options that apply lists, borders, tables, and heading styles.
The AutoFormat As You Type option to define styles based on formatting. (This option is off already, by default, in Word 2003.)