GWKB1061 : Disabling Smart Tags in Microsoft Word

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Aaron Smith
Date Added: 03/06/2007
Last Modified: 05/30/2007

Symptom: When navigating through text, or modifying text, in Microsoft Word, you repeatedly hear the phrase, "Smart tag, undo auto action," or "Smart tag," followed by another command phrase.

Cause: Microsoft Word Smart Tags (a feature that automatically recognizes and labels particular types of text, such as names, auto-corrected text, recent email message recipients, etc.) is enabled, and Window-Eyes is indicating the Smart Tag presence.

Solution: Although Smart Tag functionality can be useful, many Window-Eyes users find their announcement too verbose. The announcement of Smart Tags can be controlled through the Window-Eyes Miscellaneous Word verbosity options "Indicate Smart Tags" and "Indicate AutoCorrect." In addition, Smart Tag functionality can be disabled in Microsoft Word by performing the following steps.

Microsoft Word 2007
  1. Press ALT-F to open the Office menu
  2. Press I to open the Word Options dialog
  3. Press P to select the Proofing options
  4. Press ALT-A to open the AutoCorrect Options dialog
  5. Press SHIFT-TAB until you focus the AutoCorrect tab control
  6. Press UP ARROW, RIGHT ARROW to select the Smart Tags tab control
  7. Press ALT-L to uncheck the Label text with smart tags check box
  8. Press ENTER to close the AutoCorrect dialog
  9. SHIFT-TAB to the Proofing list item
  10. Press A for the Advanced list item
  11. Press ALT-T twice to focus the Show Smart Tags check box
  12. Press SPACE BAR to uncheck the Show Smart Tags check box
  13. Press ENTER to close the Word Options dialog
Microsoft Word 2003
  1. Press ALT-T to Open the Tools menu
  2. Press O to open the Options dialog
  3. Press ALT-A to uncheck the Smart tags check box
  4. Press ENTER to close the Options dialog
  5. Press ALT-T to open the Tools menu
  6. Press A to open the AutoCorrect dialog
  7. Press SHIFT-TAB until you focus the AutoCorrect tab control
  8. Press S to select the Smart Tags tab control
  9. Press ALT-L to uncheck the Label text with smart tags check box
  10. Press ENTER to close the AutoCorrect dialog

Smart Tags in older versions of Microsoft Word can also be turned off. Although the exact steps may differ slightly than those of Word 2007 or Word 2003, the concept is the same: turn them off in both the Options dialog, and the AutoCorrect dialog.