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I have Microsoft Word's rather handy grammar checker on, but if I use an abbreviation or a word like "Yahoo!" Word marks the punctuation as the end of the sentence, and then marks the uncapitalized next word as a grammar error because it thinks that is the start of a sentence. Is there any way to fix this?

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If it is only a couple of abbreviations of brand names (Yahoo!) that you keep coming across, then you can add them to the AutoCorrect exceptions for "do not capitalize after:"

In Word 2007 click the Office Orb button and choose Word options or in 2010 click File then Options

I'm not sure about 2007 but in 2010 you're looking for the AutoCorrect options under Proofing.

Word Auto Correct

On a side note there should already be a substantial list of abbreviations, assuming they are enabled.

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+1 for a handy hint. I was going to answer "no, because Word doesn't know the difference between a normal punctuation mark and something part of a trademark" but this makes sense. – user3463 Aug 24 '11 at 0:54
It almost works. It will not let me add "Yahoo!"; I assume this is because of the exclamation point. (I'm using Word for Mac 2011, if that helps anyone assess the situation.) I did not know about this feature of Word, though. Thanks for pointing it out. – zpletan Aug 24 '11 at 16:33
I reckon I don't use Yahoo! too often to care about the above comment. Thanks for showing this! – zpletan Mar 13 '12 at 17:35

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