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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    They are *.acl files, more info is here: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customization/ExportAutocorrect.htm>How can I import and export all my AutoCorrect entries, so they can be transferred to another machine?</A>

    Autotext entries are usually in normal.dot, I believe.

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Autocorrect entries are contained in files with an acl extension. They are simple text files. What I don't know is how one would determine which is being used (I currently have 4 on my machine). Maybe making a change to it and then searching the machine again?
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    Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Found this question on another forum. It's not something I've had a need for *YET* but I can imagine it down the line. Any body here got any ideas?
    <hr>I am seeking the location and access to the autocorrect file because I want to load too much data into it using the published method. I also want to copy the file to office computers so others can access the information I am putting into it. It doesn't seem logical that a means was created for both these considerations. I will appreciate any help anyone can offer.<hr>

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Hi Karen. They seem to be in the profile and have names of the format MSOnnnn.acl the nnnn is the language version you are using like 1033.

    There are also copies called Mso.acl in each of the numbered office directories (I think if you use profiles these are not used, or only to initiate a new profile, but they would be used in a non-profile version of windows.)
    David Grugeon
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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Hi All,

    You can determine what *.acl file is in use in the Registry:

    97:HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice8.0Comm onAutoCorrect

    2K:HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0Comm onAutoCorrect

    Also note that Rich Text AutoCorrect entries (symbols, formatted text, etc.) are stored in Normal.dot
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    Cheers!

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Hi Bam:

    Well, your right & that's what MS Knowledge Base says. However, I have Word 2k & do not have any setting for AutoCorrect under that (or any other) key. Yet AutoCorrect works on my machine. Another puzzle.

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    >They are simple text files

    Not in Win95/Word97SR2 they're not. Or at least, they don't appear to be.

    In Notepad there are displayed weird non-keyboard characters, and Word97SR2 barfs at an attempt to portray the file.


    Sure would be good, though, to be able to edit the ACL file and get rid of some Americam spellings .....

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    It's not in my registry either, perhaps because it is the "default" of:

    C:WINDOWSApplication DataMicrosoftOfficeMSO1033.acl

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Use the "built-in" macros or sample macros that come with Word for this. The macro is referred to in the article mentioned earlier. It puts together a table with the autocorrect entries that you can edit and add to. Then you import the entries back.

    I think in Word 97 it is macros8.dot and it wouldn't surprise me if in Word 2000 it is macros9.dot. I know that I have the information at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/word/wordwebresources.htm>Web Resources for Word</A> (www.addbalance.com/word/wordwebresources.htm). Search the page for "macro" and you should find it quickly.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    Hi Pam:

    I almost forgot. Microsoft has a profile wizard & a save my settings wizard that saves ALL your options & allows you to transfer them to a new machine. The former is saved on your hard drive & the latter is saved on their web site. I've only used the "save" feature, I've never had to restore (at least not 'just' office).

    I believe it's at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://office.microsoft.com/2000/downloaddetails/o2ksmsdd.htm>http://office.microsoft.com/2000/downloadd...ls/o2ksmsdd.htm</A>.

    You can see this post.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Locate/Edit AutoCorrect file

    I am, naturally perhaps, quite paranoid about storing my "settings" on the OfficeUpdate web site.

    The Office 2000 Resource Kit site is at:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/default.htm>http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/default.htm</A>

    The downloadable is:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/download/ORKTools.exe>http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/d...ad/ORKTools.exe</A>

    "Note If you installed a previous version of the tool set from the Office Resource Kit Web site, you must remove those tools and then install the new version. If you installed a previous version from the Office Resource Kit CD-ROM and you install the new version in the same location, the updated tools overwrite any existing versions."

    I've noticed that the profile wizard will back up not just preferences, but entire templates, so it creates a fairly fat and, unfortunately, monolithic file. But I'd rather have it than not!

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