Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Turning Off Capital Corrections.

Turning Off Capital Corrections

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 14, 2022)

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Excel often tries to compensate for your shortcomings as a typist. For instance, as you are typing along, if you type a word where the first two letters are uppercase, and the next letter is lowercase, Excel figures you just have slow fingers and didn't release the Shift key in time to make the second letter lowercase. So, it dutifully changes the second letter to lowercase to help you out.

There are some situations where this behavior can be bothersome, however. For instance, you may have a company or product name in which the first two letters are always capitalized, such as INtec or MYphone. In these cases, Excel also tries to do its magic and change the capitalization.

One solution to this problem is to turn off the correction that Excel does to your words. (At least for this particular capitalization issue.) The way you do that is as follows:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 or a later version, display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Proofing.
  3. Click AutoCorrect Options. Excel displays the AutoCorrect dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The AutoCorrect dialog box.

  5. Clear the Correct TWo INitial CApitals check box.
  6. Click OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7564) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off Capital Corrections.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2020-08-11 08:30:11

kschut

I am eternally struggling with this. How can I prevent Excel from making any change to what I type in? I have switched-off all AutoCorrect options and still if I type in Abc123! it gets "AutoMisCorrected" to abc123!.


2018-12-13 04:48:28

JOlander

Bloody thank you for this. I was getting frustrated with excel's insistence on changing it. Quick google search and found this. Spared me of great frustrations.


2018-11-20 23:31:55

Graham Adams

Very frustrating to have all you 'uppercase text' reduced to lowercase when you don't want it. Thank you for the tip, very much appreciated.
G.A 21/11/2018


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