How to Disable Smart Quotes in Word 2013 or Word 2010

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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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  • Peter K Says:

    There is also a box about smart quotes in the 'Auto-format as you type' tab - change this on also.

  • Karl Dallas Says:

    I have done the above but am still getting "smart" curly quotes and apostrophes.

  • Alison Greer Says:

    I've followed your instructions re. restoring straight quotes but am still getting smart quotes! Any idea why? - It's driving me mad!!

  • Rose Callies Says:

    I have tried all I can, but I still am getting message that I haven't downloaded successfully.

  • Grah C Says:

    You have to do the "autoformat as you type" options to completely stop this from happening

  • Rebeccah Says:

    I know I've done this before. How do I make my choices here stick, between documents?

  • 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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