Below are detailed instructions explaining how to disable unneeded auto-formatting in Microsoft Word.  The default Word settings issues for the proofreaders during the proofing process and, as a rule, should never be used in a Transcript.

To open the Autocorrect / Formatting Options window:

  1. File > Options
  2. Select "proofing" on left menu
  3. Click "AutoCorrect Options..." button to open window

On the "AutoFormat" tab, update the following:

  • Hyphens (--) with dash (—): OFF
  • Set Left- and first-indent with tabs and backspaces: OFF
  • "Straight Quotes" with "smart quotes": OFF

Next, on the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab, update the following:

  • "Straight quotes" with "smart quotes": OFF
  • Hyphens (--) with dash(---)

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