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How to disable or turn off auto smart quotes in Outlook?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2014-09-25

In Outlook, when you type the “Straight quotes” in the email body, it will be automatically replaced with “Smart quotes”. See below screenshot:

If this auto format really caused inconvenience for you, you can choose to disable this function manually in Outlook. This article provides you with details of disabling or turning off auto smart quotes in Outlook.

Disable or turn off auto smart quotes in Outlook

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You can do as follows to disable the auto smart quotes function in Outlook.

1. Click File > Options in Outlook 2010 and 2013.

In Outlook 2007, please click Tools > Options.

2. In the Outlook Options dialog box in Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click Mail in the left bar, then click the Spelling and Autocorrect button in the Compose messages section. See screenshot:

In Options dialog box of Outlook 2007, please click the Spelling and AutoCorrection button under Spelling tab.

3. When the Editor Options dialog box popping up, please select the Proofing in the left bar, then click the AutoCorrect Options button.

4. In the AutoCorrect dialog box, go to the AutoFormat tab, then uncheck the “Straight quotes” with “smart quotes” box in the Replace section. See screenshot:

5. Then go to the AutoFormat As You Type tab, uncheck the “Straight quotes” with “smart quotes” box in the Replace as you type section.

6. Click the OK button in the AutoCorrect dialog box.

7. Then click the OK buttons to close the following dialog boxes to finish the whole settings.

From now on, when you type in straight quotes in Outlook email body, they won’t be changed to smart ones any more.

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