How to Enable Math AutoCorrect in Microsoft Word

The AutoCorrect feature of Microsoft Word affords you the ability to easily correct mistakes that you have made while editing your document. This can include things like fixing spelling mistakes or punctuation.

But there is another element to AutoCorrect that concerns math symbols. When you are typing in a math region in Microsoft Word you can type specific strings of characters that will cause Word to replace those strings with specific math symbols. However, this won’t occur outside of math regions by default. Our guide below will show you how to adjust this setting so that typing one of these strings in the regular document body will trigger Word’s replacement effect.

How to Use Math AutoCorrect Rules Outside of Math Regions

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will work in most other recent versions of Word as well.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Select Options at the bottom of the left column.

click the options button

Step 4: Choose the Proofing tab at the left side of the Word Options window.

select the proofing tab

Step 5: Select the AutoCorrect Options button.

click autocorrect options

Step 6: Click the Math AutoCorrect tab.

select the math autocorrect tab

Step 7: Check the box to the left of Use Math AutoCorrect outside of math regions, then click OK at the bottom of the window.

how to enable math autocorrect in microsoft word

Note that there is a list of text strings that you can use along with the corresponding symbol that will be inserted when you do so. These strings require you to leave a space after them for the replacement to occur.

Find out how to insert a square root symbol in Word using the method above, as well as a couple of other ways that you can add a square root symbol to a

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