A question came up yesterday at a client that I thought I knew the answer to. It turned out I had to dig for it last night. The question dealt with AutoText in Word 2007. Specifically, a client who had recently migrated from Word 2002 was looking for the ability to AutoComplete (start typing a word and have Word 2007 prompt with possible completions). As it turns out, this feature is no longer part of Word. Many have tried to use AutoCorrect as a workaround. However, the replacement features, Quick Parts and Building Blocks, are probably the best bets.
Quick Parts is the successor to AutoText. You can find the button in the Insert Ribbon. Quick Parts allows you to save words, phrases or even longer pieces of text for later retrieval and insertion into a document. To create a Quick Part, highlight the text that will make up the Quick Part and click the pull down arrow on the Quick Parts button. From the menu of choices that appears, select “Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery.” The next screen allows you to define and categorize your Building Block.
Once created, a Building Block can be inserted in a number of ways. Of course, you can select the Quick Parts and insert them from the list. Alternatively, you can type at least the first four letters and hit the F3 key. This will autocomplete the entire Building Block. Unfortunately, that seems to be the closest you can come to the old method of AutoComplete.
Thanks to Carol’s Corner Office where I found the answer.Office 2007