Weekly Computer Tip # 229
11 April 2008

Delete unwanted copyright symbols
(Word 2003-2007)

Over the years I've encouraged you to use AutoCorrect Entries for words you typically mistype, create abbreviations for words you use a lot or add words that contain funny characters. For example, I always mistype my own name (don't ask) but now that I've added it as an AutoCorrect entry, when I type Kraen plus a space AutoCorrect replaces it with "Karen". Or rather than having to type "Electronic Document and Records Management System" I can simply type "edrms".

But have you ever tried to create a "numbered" list in Word and ended up with (a), (b), copyright symbol, (d) ...? Well, why not simply delete the copyright symbol from the AutoCorrect list?

Here's how:

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol, and then click More Symbols. (Or choose the Tools, AutoCorrect Options command in Word 2003.)
  2. Click AutoCorrect.
  3. Select the copyright symbol.
  4. Click Delete.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Close.

If you tend to use the copyright symbol on a regular basis you might want to have another look at one of my (extremely old!) tips (tip 27, tip_27.php) and simply click Undo on the Standard toolbar or BACKSPACE immediately after Word makes the automatic formatting change, as finding it in the symbol list (or remembering the relevant character code; ALT+0169 if you must know) might not be what you were hoping for.