Home computer use, Microsoft Word: Thur or Thurs for Thursday

Tutoring business English, you might know of this preference of Word. The tutor shares a discovery about the abbreviation for Thursday.

A few days back, I was typing on Word 2016. Thur was marked as a misspell, but of course it was, I reasoned: Thursday is the true spelling.

However, Thurs passes unmarked on my copy of Word 2016.

I love discoveries like this:)

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Microsoft Word: date format: English (Canada) compared to English (US)

Tutoring Business English, date format is of interest. The tutor shows a date format available in English (United States), but perhaps not in English (Canada), in Microsoft Word 2007.

In my April 14 post I mention that I prefer the date format

April 16, 2017

because it gives no chance of misunderstanding. However, among the English (Canada) date formats offered, the closest seems to be

16 April 2017.

Clicking Insert, then Date & Time, the dialogue box that emerges offers a Language choice. Clicking the dropdown arrow, one choice is English (United States). Selecting that, the available date formats change to include April 16, 2017.

Interesting, eh?

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Microsoft Word 2007: changing date format

Tutoring Business English, word processing formats inevitably arise. The tutor suggests how to change the date format in Microsoft Word 2007.

I prefer the date format April 14, 2017. There’s no chance of misunderstanding it, since the month is a proper noun and the year is four digits.

On my computer, anyway, Microsoft Office Word 2007 prefers the format 2017-04-14. What can a user do to change the date format?

  1. Click Insert at the top (next to Home).
  2. Locate, in the Text area of the toolbar (probably right side), the option Date and Time. Click it.
  3. You will be offered a menu of date formats.
  4. On mine, among the English (Canada) choices, the closest to April 14, 2017 is 14 April 2017.

Of course, the user can type any date format they want. However, Word will try to autocorrect it to the chosen (or else default) format. To stop the autocorrect, simply left-click when it’s offered. (Make sure the mouse pointer is on the cursor when you do so, or else your cursor might be sent wherever the mouse pointer is.)



Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.