How to turn off AutoCorrect for the original message text

Outlook 2016
You should automatically check your grammar and spelling when sending a new email. But is it appropriate to correct and change the message you are replying to? In some cases, it is not only unacceptable, but it may also be unethical according to the rules of business correspondence.

Therefore, when you reply to an e-mail, you should check the grammar and spelling of the text you have typed, but leave the text of the previous messages intact:

Messages in Outlook 365

To turn off AutoCorrect for the original text of the previous messages, do the following:

   1.   On the File tab, click Options:

Options in Outlook 365

   2.   In the Outlook Options dialog box, open the Mail tab.

Note: You can easily open the Mail tab in the Outlook Options dialog box by right-clicking the Mail icon in the Navigation bar and choosing Options... in the popup menu:

Mail Options in new Navigation bar Outlook 365   or    Mail Options in Navigation bar Outlook 365

See more about customizing the Navigation bar in Outlook.

   3.   In the Outlook Options dialog box, on the Mail tab, under Compose message:

  • Select the Ignore original message text in reply or forward checkbox:
    Ignore original message in Outlook 365 Options
  • Clear the Ignore original message text in reply or forward checkbox to check spelling for the entire email message, including the original message.

   3.   Click OK to apply the changes and close the Outlook Options dialog box.

Note: Changes to check grammar and spelling or to ignore the original text of previous messages only work for new replies and forwards. If you already have a reply or a forward open, Outlook may not apply your changes.

See also this tip in French: Comment désactiver la correction automatique pour le texte du message d'origine.

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