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    How to document all the Word settings?

    This applies to any Office product, of course!

    Does anyone know of a way that all the Tools / Options and Autocorrect (and so on) settings can be automatically documented, such as by writing them to a flat file? Surely there must be a better way than manually transcribing them?

    Any help appreciated!
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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    Hi John:

    It is not that simple. Some are options that are found in Tools/Options. Some are accessible only through the registry, & yes, you can export various keys into reg or text files. Others are just in files, such as AutoCorrect in *.acl files.

    If your looking for a way to save all your settings to restore them or to move them to a different machine, see this post.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    For the autocorrect settings...
    Find a file called "Macros8.dot" if you have Word97 or "Macros9.dot" if you use Word2000 and run the AutoCorrectUtility to generate a flat file of all of those.

    To get all the Tools/Options settings you could export a registry key where they are stored but I like to use a macro I record in the following way.
    1. Start recording by double-clicking the REC in the status bar
    2. Give the macro a name (it will be in the New Macros module in Normal.dot by default)
    3. Visit the Tools Options and click on each Tab in turn before closing the dialog
    4. Stop recording
    You now have a macro which can be run to reinstate all of those settings.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    I believe that Microsoft has a downloadable Wizard to save settings - at least for Office 2000.
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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    The <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q259/7/80.ASP>Save My Settings Wizard</A> ?

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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    Thanks, folks, I realised it wasn't an easy procedure. Somehow I just don't fancy saving all my Office settings to a Microsoft website - I get this "Huge Great Enormous Brother" uneasy feeling, for some reason ...!
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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    Hi John:

    If you go to the post that I mentioned before, you'll see that there are two ways to save all your settings. One doesn't involve using the internet at all...all the settings are saved locally.

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    Re: How to document all the Word settings?

    Phil, sorry, my previous post was somewhat abbreviated! I ignored your most sensible suggestion in favour of some Microsoft cynicism...
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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