In Microsoft Word 2000, when I type a URL or a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) network path (e.g., \\myserver\files), Word converts the text to a hyperlink. I’m tired of backspacing once to remove the hyperlink. How can I change this behavior?

A. The behavior you mention is part of Word’s AutoFormat feature. To stop Word from automatically converting URLs and UNC pathnames to hyperlinks, select AutoCorrect from the Tools menu. Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab. Clear the Internet and network paths with hyperlinks check box under the Replace as you type section, as Figure 1 shows, and click OK. Word will cease its habit of converting these types of entries to hyperlinks.

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Figure 1: Preventing automatic URL and UNC conversions in Word

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