How to teach Microsoft applications that “HER” is not the proper replacement for “EHR”

After the 4 thousandth time I’ve cursed Microsoft Outlook, Word, or Excel for “auto correcting” the acronym “EHR" to “HER” I finally took 30 seconds to fix this once and for all. I figured with 20 years of programming experience I should be able to figure it out 🙂

Here’s what you should do if you’re tired of having to change “HER” back to “EHR" in Microsoft Word, Excel, and other apps (I copied some of this from the Microsoft Help text):

  1. Click the File tab and then, under Help, click Options.
  2. If you are using Outlook 2010, click Mail and then click Spelling and AutoCorrect…For all other programs, go to step 3.
  3. Click Proofing.
  4. Click AutoCorrect Options.
  5. Find “ehr" in the list. It will appear in the Replace box.
  6. Click Delete.
  7. Rejoice and type “EHR" to your heart’s content.

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14 thoughts on “How to teach Microsoft applications that “HER” is not the proper replacement for “EHR”

  1. You did a good job. Before read your concept I didn’t know this
    about Microsoft auto correcting. After reading your post I checked it. It’s
    really tricky. Nice work. Thanks dude 🙂

  2. your are a Saint!   this link has spread like wildflower  across our IT channel after after I sent it to some of my health care team members.  

  3. Yes, I do that at teh time for ‘eth’, or ‘the’, which I can never get right.  I also do ‘ctf’ for ‘Christopher’, and you probably understand why.

    I work in Office for a livign, and I create articles such as this, and you could not have done a better job.  It is amazingly short.  That gets you bonus points two times over.


  4. THANK YOU!!!!!!! I did a simple search on stopping autocorrect on acronyms, and this was the first one to come up, and the exact one I was fighting!! ahhhhhh relief.

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