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This blog post, specifically about Microsoft Word configuration, is one in a series that contains my suggestions for configuring and using Microsoft Word, which I have used to compile one entire book plus countless smaller resources primarily falling into the realm of technical documentation. Some of this information may be a repost of For more information including additional posts on this subject, see the Resources section at the end of this page.

Word configuration can actually improve your productivity, writing quality, and consistency, especially when working with a team of writers.

To access Word 2013 configuration options, click the File menu and then click Options, or press Alt+F and then T. Alternatively, right-click any tab in the ribbon and then select Customize the Ribbon… from the menu that appears. The first two approaches select the General tab while the second selects the Customize Ribbon tab in the Word Options dialog that appears.

Word Options: General

Personally, I do not like the default full screen reading view used for example when Microsoft Outlook opens an attachment. To disable full screen reading, on the General tab, clear the Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view checkbox.

On the Display tab, select checkboxes to show and print anything not shown or printed by default and to update references automatically whenever possible (everything except background colors/images and document properties).

Word Options: Display tab

On the Proofing tab, Show readability statics and select Grammar and style.

Word Options: Proofing tab

On the Proofing tab, click the AutoCorrect Options... button. The AutoCorrect dialog appears for the current language.

Word autocorrect options

On the AutoCorrect tab, I clear the Correct accidental usage of cAPS LOCK key checkbox, as I would prefer to know when I have pressed this key by accident.

On the AutoFormat at As You Type tab, I clear the "Straight quotes" with "smart quotes" checkbox.

word options: autoformat

After closing the AutoCorrect dialog, in the Word Options dialog, on the Proofing tab, click the Settings button. In the Grammar Settings dialog that appears, I select always for Comma required before last list item, 1 for Spaces required between sentences, and all of the checkboxes in the Grammar list.

Microsoft Word configuration: Grammar options