Word 2010/2007: Enable/Disable Auto Capitalization

I don’t like Word 2010 or 2007 telling me what to do. It auto-capitalizes things that I don’t want it to. I can capitalize my own work thank you! You can change Word’s Auto Capitalization settings to your liking by performing these steps.

1. Expand the Office Quick Access Toolbar and select More Commands… .

More Commands

2. Click Proofing and then click the AutoCorrect Options… button.

Word Options

3. Here you can check the boxes to customize what you want Word to automatically capitalize.

  • Correct Two Initial Capitals
  • Capitalize first letter of sentences
  • Capitalize first letter of table cells
  • Capitalize names of days
  • Correct accidental usage of caps lock key

You may also set Exceptions if you don’t want these settings to apply to certain words.

AutoCorrect Options

4. Click OK, then OK again when you are done.

These settings are also located other Office applications such as Excel and PowerPoint.


  1. Penny says

    Thank you – thank you!! Automatic caps has been making me crazy. So glad I searched for some help.

  2. Rose says

    THANKS…..with Word 2010, it’s more cumbersome trying to find ways of changing things. Your information was VERY useful.

  3. Brad says

    Thankyou so much for your clear, easy to follow instructions, I am going to refer to your tech help pages in the future, appreciate it.

  4. Holly Maschenik says

    I hate this! I’m doing a project for school where I am purposely doing it wrong then correcting it but it keeps capitalizing “i”

  5. jim says

    Crystal – did you find a solution to this problem – I’m having same and cannot keep
    it from capitalizing first word of every line….thanks for help

  6. JR says

    Thank you!! The autocapitalization as I attempt to enter info into a table is driving me nuts. Ditto to Cathy’s comment about Microsoft continually decreasing the user’s ability to control creation of their work.

  7. Crystal says

    This does not work for me either. I have disabled everything to do with capitalization but still, when I run my spell/grammar check, the program insists that the first word of every line should be capitalized.
    It is not so much the capitalization that bothers me as the fact that the program reads these a sentence fragments which is making my online editing impossible.

  8. Margaret Maxfield says

    Leave off all these auto things. Just give me a list where I can check the few I want. Now they are VERY difficult to get rid of. In math, a, b, etc. can be symbols. Capitals A, B, are different symbols and stand for other things. Let me choose when to capitalize!

  9. Sue says

    I know how to disable the auto-correct option but this does not work for what I am doing. If I insert a bullet but manually move to the second line of the bullet, the system greenlines the first word of the line — to let me know it needs capitaliztion (which is does not). When I right click on the word, the only option in the drop-down menu is “ignore once”. When I accept it, it then highlights it to indicate a grammar problem. THIS IS SO ANNOYING! Then, everytime I am reviewing the document, all of the items are again highlighted because the only option I had was to “Ignore ONCE!” Any idea how to once and for all fix this? I’m finding a lot not to like in Office 2007!

  10. dan murphy says

    the boxes for capitalization are grayed out on mine. does anyone know why this happens?

  11. steven lam says

    I have exactly the opposite problem. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and like to use kb as little as i can. In word 2003, all the single “i” is auto converted into “I”. I’m really beginning to miss that feature as I have to press “shift” before “i” everything I need to capitalize! Any solution?

  12. Joanne says

    Thanks so much for this tip. Trying to write an index and the capitalisation was driving me crazy!

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