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    auto format (XP, SR 3)

    I often want to type a word in italics, followed by a comma in roman text. I type the word in italics, then press ctrl-I to go into Roman for the comma, to find only that the whole word then goes roman. This is something in Autoformat trying to be helpful and ending up being a pain--but I can't find it. Can anyone help?

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    I cannot reproduce the behavior you describe in uncustomized (out-of-the-box) versions of Word 2002 or Word 2003. If I press Ctrl+I, type a word, then press Ctrl+I again, the word remains Italic, and text I type subsequently will be in Roman. Unless someone else has a bright suggestion, try Phil Rabichow's <!post=Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in Word (97/2000),197827>Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in Word (97/2000)<!/post> to see if you can pinpoint the cause.

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    thanks very much. Looking at the problem again--it does it only when I am editing. I insert a new word by placing the cursor at the beginning of the subsquent word. While I am typing the word, then, I have the new word in italics and the following word in Roman. When I shift to roman for the comma, the whole goes into roman. One solution would be to learn to start with the cursor at the end of the previous word instead--but that will mean unlearning the typing habits of a lifetime!

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    Hmm, it doesn't work that way for me, even when I do exactly what you describe. Perhaps someone else can comment.

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    It does behave as described for me (Word 2003 SP2). If the cursor is at the beginning of a word and I type Control-i followed by a word and then type Control-i again whilst the cursor is in the middle of this joined pair of words then the italic for the first word is turned off.

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    I get that behavior, too, if "when selecting, automatically select entire word" is selected (in Tools > Options > Edit tab). I nearly always work with that feature cleared (unchecked), because an an editor, I'm always wanting to get at the beginnings and ends of words.

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> That's it - I thought I was working with an unmodified version of Word, but I had forgotten <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> that I the first thing I always do in Word is to turn off "When selecting, automatically select entire word". I wouldn't have guessed that this setting controls the behavior described by Roger, but it does! Thanks!

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    Re: auto format (XP, SR 3)

    Thanks very much everyone--I had it in the back of my mind that it was a pesky thing like that, but I couldn't quite remember what ...

    Philip

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