How to Stop Word 2013 from Capitalizing the First Word of a Sentence

Usually, when you are typing in Microsoft Word, any word that you type after a period or question mark will be capitalized automatically.

While this is useful in many situations, you might be working on a project where you don’t want or need that capitalization.

Our guide before will show you how to turn off the setting that is causing this capitalization to occur in your Word documents.

How to Prevent Microsoft Word from Capitalizing the First Word in a Sentence

  1. Open Word.
  2. Select the File tab.
  3. Click the Options button.
  4. Choose the Proofing tab.
  5. Click AutoCorrect Options.
  6. Uncheck the Capitalize first letter of sentences box then click OK.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to stop Word from capitalizing the first word in a sentence, including pictures of these steps.

Microsoft Word 2013 has several automatic formatting options that help to fix common typographical mistakes. One of these options causes Microsoft Word to automatically capitalize the first letter of a new sentence.

However, if you are intentionally using a lowercase letter to start a sentence, then this can be a bit of a nuisance. Our tutorial below will direct you to the AutoCorrect menu where you can choose to disable this setting.

You can read our square root symbol Word tutorial for information on how to include the square root or radical symbol in one of your documents.

How to Disable Automatic Capitalization of New Sentences in Word 2013 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article are going to change a setting on the AutoCorrect menu so that Word 2013 no longer automatically capitalizes the first letter of a sentence.

Step 1: Open Word 2013.

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

click the file tab

Step 3: Click Options in the left column to open the Word Options menu.

click the options button

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

click the proofing tab

Step 5: Click the AutoCorrect Options button.

click the autocorrect options button

Step 6: Click the box to the left of Capitalize first letter of sentences to remove the check mark.

You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the AutoCorrect window, then click the OK button at the bottom of the Word Options window.

stop capitalizing first letter of sentences

Now that you know how to stop Microsoft Word from automatically capitalizing the first word in a sentence you will be able to adjust this setting whenever you are editing a document where you need to use a different option.

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