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I Don't Want Curly Quotes / I Want Curly Quotes

This page last revised: 03 Oct 2017 14:18:56 -0500 .

 

 

 

The default setting in Word is to convert straight quote " and apostrophe ' marks to smart (curly) ones. The curly ones are very good for documents, not so good on the Internet.

You can change this setting in your AutoFormat as You Type Options.

Word 97 - Word 2003

Tools > AutoCorrect Options > AutoFormat As You Type (tab)

 

Word 2007 -

Office Button (2007) / File (2010-16) (tab) -> Options -> Proofing -> AutoCorrect Options (Button)

I regularly edit some Word documents intended to be displayed on the Internet and prefer to have this turned off when working on those documents and on the rest of the time. The following code when placed in a vba module for a document templates helps with this:

Option Explicit

Sub CurlyQuoteToggle()
' Written 2011-Oct-20 by Charles Kenyon
' Toggles option to convert straight quote marks to curly quotes
 With Application.Options
.AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceQuotes = _
Not .AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceQuotes
End With
End Sub

Sub AutoOpen()
' Turns Smart Quotes off when attached document is opened
Application.Options.AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceQuotes = False
End Sub

Sub AutoClose()
' Turns Smart Quotes on when attached document is closed
Application.Options.AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceQuotes = True
End Sub
 

The template is then attached to the document I'm working on. When it opens it turns off the smart quotes. When it is closed it turns them back on. The toggle procedure works as well. Eventually I may get around one that senses the activedocument but this works well enough for me now.

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