Customizing autocorrection in LibreOffice

Like most word processors and office productivity suites, LibreOffice attempts to automatically correct common data entry mistakes, such as correcting TWo INitial CApitals. This behavior can be customized. …

Users can be awfully touchy about autocorrection. On the one hand, many users have come to expect and rely on this behavior. On the other hand, unwanted autocorrection can drive users crazy. Thus one of the first things I do on a new installation of LibreOffice (or any office productivity suite) is to customize autocorrection to my preferences.

Autocorrection options in LibreOffice are set in Tools – AutoCorrect Options. There are a number of tabs; go through each and change as desired. Settings I prefer to change include:

Options tab
Option: Correct TWo INitial CApitals
What it does: Turns a second initial capital letter into lower case
Default setting: Enabled (both M and T)
My preference: Disabled (both M and T)

Option: URL Recognition
What it does: Styles URLs and makes them clickable
Default setting: Enabled (both M and T)
My preference: Disabled (both M and T)

Option: Replace dashes
What it does: Turns two dashes ("–") into an em dash ("–")
Default setting: Enabled (both M and T)
My preference: Disabled (both M and T)

Option: Apply border
What it does: Turns 3 or more asterisks into a horizontal line
Default setting: Enabled
My preference: Disabled

Localized Options tab
Option: Replace double quotes
What it does: Turns straight quotes into opening and closing quotes
Default setting: Enabled
My preference: Disabled

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