Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    6146-B Billy T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle Earth
    Posts
    6,887

    Unhappy How do I kill autoformat in Word 2003 stone dead?

    Hi Team

    While trying to get rid of a minor auto-format intrusion by Word (automatic bullet points and indentations) it has taken what I thought was going to be a reduction of auto-formatting to be an invitation to throw the whole flaming bucket load at me.

    I want to turn auto-formatting off completely but the Online Help isn't telling me how, and reversing the minor change that I did make has not helped either.

    Instead of a simple page of text I now have all sorts of crap down the RHS of the screen and dotted lines everywhere!

    Cheers

    Billy 8-{)
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through my restraints!

  2. #2
    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    27,763

    Default Re: How do I kill autoformat in Word 2003 stone dead?

    Dont know if you have tried turn_off_automatic_formatting_in_microsoft_word Have a look at the video on the right, shows you what is written in the text.

    Hope it works for ya!

  3. #3
    6146-B Billy T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle Earth
    Posts
    6,887

    Default Re: How do I kill autoformat in Word 2003 stone dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Dont know if you have tried turn_off_automatic_formatting_in_microsoft_word Have a look at the video on the right, shows you what is written in the text.

    Hope it works for ya!
    It didn't do exactly what I wanted, but somehow or other it led me directly to This which achieved the desired outcome thanks.

    Cheers

    Billy 8-{)
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through my restraints!

  4. #4
    ember BBCmicro's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Wellington
    Posts
    1,137

    Default Re: How do I kill autoformat in Word 2003 stone dead?

    That link you referred, BillyT, says this:

    "it seems likely that this problem, like many others in Word, is caused by a poorly written add‑in"

    I couldn't agree more. I use Word 2007. Some paragraphs suddenly get a slightly different font which is visible in Word, but I can put the cursor in the offending paragraph and it doesn't indicate anything wrong. When I convert the document to HTML/ePUB, the new font is horribly visible.

    As far as I can tell the only cure is to cut out the offending text, drop it into Wordpad, and reselect it.

    Word is bloated and buggy and commands are often very non-intuitive. But all Microsfoft do is make cosmetic changes so they can sell an update
    Ryzen 7 1700 @ stock, EVO 960 500GB M.2 NVMe, G-Skill 2 x 16GB @ 2.4GHz,
    GA-AB350N-Gaming Wifi (mITX), EVGA GTX970. Media player: i7-6700k

  5. #5
    6146-B Billy T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle Earth
    Posts
    6,887

    Default Re: How do I kill autoformat in Word 2003 stone dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by BBCmicro View Post
    Word is bloated and buggy and commands are often very non-intuitive. But all Microsoft do is make cosmetic changes so they can sell an update
    I'm with you on the 'non-intuitive' but I can't say I've found it to be buggy. Mind you, I do not attempt to plumb the depths of its capabilities (something you might have guessed from my intense dislike of autoformatting) and have set up template documents for the main styles and formats I require. Another reason why I am still back at 2003!

    I subscribe to the viewpoint "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it' and if an OS or Program is doing everything I ask of it, I see no need for change.

    I have used the 'cut out the offending text, drop it into Wordpad, and reselect' technique with considerable success myself when a problem is too big to sort quickly.

    Cheers

    Billy 8-{)
    Last edited by Billy T; 10-02-2012 at 11:47 AM.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through my restraints!

Similar Threads

  1. A word of warning about the creative zen stone plus 2GB
    By whallenich in forum PC World Chat
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 07-02-2008, 05:46 PM
  2. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-02-2008, 11:03 PM
  3. Problem opening Word 2002 docs in Word 2003
    By johcar in forum PressF1
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-12-2007, 10:29 AM
  4. MS Word 2003
    By Poppa John in forum PressF1
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 22-03-2007, 04:12 AM
  5. MS Word 2003
    By Neville in forum PressF1
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-05-2006, 11:55 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •