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    Merging autocorrect files? (2000 SP3/Win2k)

    During the last few weeks, judging from the file dates Word has added Autocorrect entries to three files with the general name MSOXXXX.acl all in the same directory. There are a number of older .acl files 'orphaned' in other directories, presumably dating from earlier versions of Word. Is this multi-file behaviour normal, and is there any way of merging them?

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    Re: Merging autocorrect files? (2000 SP3/Win2k)

    If they have names like MSO1033.acl and MSO2057.acl, they are AutoCorrect list for different languages - 1031 is German, 1033 is US English, 1036 is French, 2057 is UK English, etc. You shouldn't merge them.

    If you also have MSO.acl files, they are probably the "default" AutoCorrect lists for various languages.

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    Re: Merging autocorrect files? (2000 SP3/Win2k)

    Thanks Hans. Yes, the three recently active .acl files are numbered 1033, 2057 & 3081. Probably none of these contain my old entries built up by Word97, and which were not preserved by Word2k when I upgraded Office 3 weeks ago. The orphaned group all date from 1998, so they won't have my lost entries either. A pity, but really a minor nuisance. Cheers, David.

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    Re: Merging autocorrect files? (2000 SP3/Win2k)

    Hi Dave:
    Take a look at this article on the Word MVP site. They have a utility for backing up & restoring autocorrect entries.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Merging autocorrect files? (2000 SP3/Win2k)

    Thanks Jefferson & Phil for that great info. Despite the complexity I now have a new sense of hope and purpose. Perhaps I'll even retrieve (some of) those lost entries from Word97. Strange that some could be in the Registry and others in normal.dot. Just part of the fun of dancing with Microsoft. <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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