How to Use Autofill in Word (2024)

Microsoft Word 2003 includes a feature called "AutoText," which stores phrases and sentences you often type. When you begin typing a stored phrase, Word activates the AutoComplete feature, also known as AutoFill, and inserts the entire phrase. This feature was removed from later versions of Word, suggesting that Microsoft had second thoughts about its usefulness; but it can save time when you are typing certain long phrases of text. For example, you probably type your company's name frequently – add an AutoText entry and then Word will insert the company name after you type its first four letters.

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    Type the text you want AutoComplete to insert. For example, type "Ironfoundersson Inc."

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    Highlight the text.

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    Click "Insert" in the Word menu bar. Select "AutoText" and click "New."

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    Click "OK" to add the text.

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    Check the box labeled "Show AutoComplete Suggestions." Click "OK."

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    Type "Iron" anywhere in your document. Text appears, suggesting that you want to type "Ironfoundersson Inc."

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    Press "Enter" to insert "Ironfoundersson Inc." into your Word document.

How to Use Autofill in Word (2024)
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