How to Disable Smart Quotes in Word 2013 or Word 2010

smart vs straight quotes

Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, electric typewriters had open and close quote keys on them. However, since the advent of computers, we use simple straight quotes and so-called “smart quotes”  (aka curly quotes) don’t work well in a number of applications, particularly web apps. By default, Microsoft Word changes all your single and double quotes into smart quotes, which can cause problems when you try to copy and paste them into other programs or online forms.

Here’s how to disable smart quotes in Microsoft Word 2013 or Word 2010.

1. Click the File tab in the upper left corner of the screen.

select file in word

2. Select Options

select options in word

3. Select Proofing in the left pane.

select proofing

4. Click AutoCorrect Options.

click autocorrect options

5. Select the AutoFormat tab.

autoformat tab

6. Uncheck “Straight quotes with smart quotes.” and Click OK.

uncheck smart quotes

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. liliapadwest Says:

    Hello, Avram Piltch,

    I envy your expertise in the use of apps. I am hopelessly useless in any technical operation. But I can type good, though!!!

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