MS Word has a lot of features that improve the experience of typical users, but annoy power users. I am a slow and deliberate user and would like to disable many of these features, as they make the results of my inputs unpredictable.

Features I would like to disable are:

  • Automatic selection of entire words/paragraphs when highlighting
  • Automatic addition of spaces/carriage returns when pasting
  • Automatic toggle of caps lock when typing wORDS lIKE tHIS (which is necessary when typing units like kV, kJ, mW,...)

Features along this line that I do appreciate and would like to keep are:

  • Automatic indention
  • Automatic formatting of bulleted/numbered lists

Thanks for your help, and any other recommendations for improving Word's power-user-friendliness (like Shift+F1 or other features to enable/disable) would be greatly appreciated.

  • A quick Google search found me this: techrepublic.com/blog/microsoft-office/… - I guess it covers most of your questions. – Doc Brown Nov 21 '18 at 16:03
  • That's a great article, Doc. Thanks much! – sanitylives Nov 21 '18 at 16:49
  • You're asking about settings that can be easily looked up in Word help or online support. It isn't really clear what about that you are having a problem with or can't find. – fixer1234 Nov 24 '18 at 1:51

Under File > Options, and on the left pane, select Advanced. [1]

  • Uncheck When selecting, automatically select entire word
  • Uncheck Use smart paragraph selection
  • Under Cut, copy and paste group click on Settings next to Use smart cut and paste and under Individual options uncheck the option for Adjust sentence and word spacing automatically

Under File > Options, on the left pane, select Proofing [2]

  • Click on AutoCorrect Options... and uncheck Correct accidental usage of cAPS LOCK key

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