How to change Outlook Characters auto-correct options

IMPORTANT: Open a new message:  For some reason folks at Microsoft must’ve thought that just having your Outlook itself open was not enough, so they warn you that Autocorrect options “cannot be changed if there are no documents open”. Anyway… moving along with the solution:

Step 1. File > Info > Options

Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook - Step 1
Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook – Step 1

Step 2. Mail > Spelling and AutoCorrect

Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook - Step 2
Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook – Step 2

Step 3. Proofing > AutoCorrect Options

Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook - Step 3
Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook – Step 3

Step 4. Replace or Delete the emoticon’s AutoCorrect Option

First, find the emoticon you want to replace . Let’s go for a plain smiley :), it being the center of attention here. Use the scroll down barto find the 

You have 2 options – you can either REPLACE the emoticon with the regular text, or you can REMOVE this option altogether for any specific character.

  • If you want to DELETE it altogether, just select the  from the menu, and hit DELETE button.
  • As an option you can REPLACE it with itself – as a plain text. Select Plain text from the options, and type in  the corresponding field
Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook - Step 4
Change Smiley AutoCorrect in Outlook – Step 4
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