How to Disable an MS Word Ellipse


Microsoft Word changes three periods in a row to a single special ellipsis character when its AutoCorrect feature is active. The AutoCorrect feature is usually quite helpful, but you may find that some of its changes don't fit your needs. To change the special character back to three dots, you will need to deactivate the feature's handling of ellipses. Be aware that the feature appears slightly differently in different versions of Word, but it will always be available.

Things You'll Need

  • Document
  • Microsoft Word

Disabling An Ellipsis in Microsoft Word

  • Open a document with Microsoft Word.

  • Access the AutoCorrect feature. To do this in Microsoft Word 2007, click on the large Microsoft Word logo that is located in the upper left corner of the window. When the menu opens, select Word Options from the bottom of the menu, then Proofing in the menu that opens, then the AutoCorrect Options. In Microsoft Word 2009, as well as older versions of Word, you can select AutoCorrect or AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu.

  • In the dialog window, you will see a variety of options for autocorrecting various characters. Locate the ellipsis character in the "Replace text as you type section" and highlight it. Click "delete" in order to leave the periods unchanged. If you want to change it back later, you can re-add the character by reopening the AutoCorrect feature in order to do so.

  • Close the dialog window and test your change by typing "..." to make sure it is no longer automatically corrected into a special character. You do not need to make this change for each document. Changing the AutoCorrect function affects how the software treats ellipses in all documents.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can turn AutoCorrect off entirely by deselecting the "Automatically correct spelling and formatting as you type" checkbox.
  • AutoCorrect can also be configured to automatically format your writing or autocomplete commonly used words.

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