Okay, I encountered a super weird thing. I haven't had the chance to try it on different machines, but when I type in "PartOf" within my header line of my Excel table, it automatically changes to "part of"! I tried using single quote prefix and it still changes (i.e. 'PartOf -> 'part of). Is this happening for you guys/gals too? Or is my computer insane?

I even tried copy and pasting from WordPad to make it work, but no, it changes it still. How can you type in "PartOf" within a cell?

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    Maybe it is spell checking?
    – Akina
    Dec 5, 2019 at 19:43
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    but I can confirm it does it on my version also Dec 5, 2019 at 19:44
  • Has to be spell checking, but how can I turn it off? :/
    – Isa
    Dec 5, 2019 at 19:48
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    Always turn off "autocorrect as I type" . It will invariably do more harm than good. Dec 6, 2019 at 14:50

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You can turn it off or remove that specific change:

Go to Excel Options --> Proofing --> Auto correct Options.

Uncheck the Replace Text as you Type or find that specific line in the list and delete it.

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Aside from switching it off permanently for all future, as described in the other answer:
if you want it only once not done, you can type CTRL+Z (undo) right after the change happens - this will undo the 'correction', not your typing.

  • While true, this is a very poor way to work, because your workflow & thought processes are being continually interrupted. Dec 6, 2019 at 14:51
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    Right - except if it is a one time case, and you know it. Normally, autocorrect does a useful job, but if a single time I need the uncorrected form, this is the right approach.
    – Aganju
    Dec 6, 2019 at 19:49

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