Updated Feb 23, 2009 9:31 PM EST
My life is FOA. (Full of abbreviations.) Perhaps that wasn't a good example. Nonetheless, I'd love it if Outlook would automatically expand abbreviations I write all the time -- like DCRAA, FOBM, and WOPR --- into what they actually stand for so I could save myself a little typing. The Microsoft Office Outlook Team blog explains exactly how to make Outlook expand your private sorthand
In a nutshell, here's what you do:
- In Outlook, click Tools, and then choose Options.
- On the Options dialog box, click the Mail Format tab and then click Editor Options.
- Click Proofing and click AutoCorrect Options.
- Now that you're in the AutoCorrect dialog box, just enter the abbreviation and what you'd like it to expand to when you type.
Here's a cool trick: Add a symbol at the end of the abbreviation, so the text only expands when you really want it to. Enter OSHA>, for example, so that it will only become "Occupational Safety and Health Administration" when you type that symbol at the end of the abbreviation.
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