If you've gotten more than your share of support calls from users trying to wrestle Word into submission (or pulled out your own hair on a few occasions), the list below will help you quickly cut Word down to size.
It might make sense to keep the feature enabled and selectively remove items, since the list includes scores of common misspellings that are actually nice to have corrected for you.
Go to Tools | Auto Format and select the Auto Format As You Type tab. A similar option exists for inserting a table, but it's generally not going to sneak up on you: When the Tables check box is selected, typing a series of hyphens and plus marks before pressing Enter will insert a table (with the hyphens representing cells).
Then, under the Show options, deselect the Bookmarks check box and click OK.
User: I'm typing and everything in front of the cursor is disappearing.
You can turn off that option if you think you might stumble into an unwanted table insertion. First, if you start to type something Word thinks is a bulleted list (using asterisks, say) or type 1, a period, and some text, it may convert what you type to bulleted or numbered list format when you press Enter.
To prevent this, go to Tools | Auto Correct Options and select the Auto Format As You Type tab.It goes a little something like this: User: My document if full of weird code stuff and my pictures are gone. Solution: Suggest that the user press Alt F9 to restore the display of field code results.User: I'm seeing gray brackets around a bunch of my text. Solution: Go to Tools | Options and select the View tab.So, for instance, if Word inserts a smart apostrophe where you want to retain the straight character to denote measurement, just hit Undo to straighten it back out.Go to Tools | Auto Correct Options and select the Auto Correct tab.They can then select Full Screen to turn off that view mode and return to familiar territory.